One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light, versatile spear with an iron head used by the ancient Germanic peoples.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Roger Ascham (d. 1568), author and royal tutor. From classical Latin framea kind of light, versatile spear used by Germanic peoples, in post-classical Latin also sword (Vulgate), apparently of Germanic origin, probably from an ablaut variant of the Germanic base of thrum, with sound substitution of/f/ for/θ/, a phoneme lacking in Latin.
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