One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A medieval map of the world.
- ‘Cresques' mappemonde shows the semicircular coastline of China and locates most of the cities immortalized by Polo and his successors.’
- ‘An eliptical-shaped mappemonde shows a bit of Asia (Anian and Mangi) projecting from the left edge of the ellipse.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin (see Mappa Mundi).
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