One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Something to be seen or noted visually; an object to look at; something which may serve as a mark to guide the eye. In later use also: a visually distinctive feature.
2A marking on an animal around the eye or resembling an eye.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Southwell (1561–1595), writer, Jesuit, and martyr. From eye + mark.
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