One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of eating; an instance of this.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Anthony Copley (b. 1567), writer and conspirator. From post-classical Latin comestion-, comestio action of eating, food, devouring action of fire from classical Latin comest-, variant of comēs-, past participial stem of comedere to eat up, consume + -iō.
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