One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a charge: having hair; especially having the hair of head or mane tinctured differently from the body.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in William Dunbar (?1460–?1530), poet and courtier. From crine + -ed<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in John Bossewell (d. 1580), author. Either from crine (although first attested slightly earlier) + -ed, or independently from Middle French crine crine + -ed.
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