One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1rare An underlying reason or principle; a basis or foundation (now rare).
2US literal Literal low-lying land, especially a stretch of level land near a river; = "bottomland" (now chiefly US).
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Earl of Surrey (?1517–1547), poet and soldier.
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