One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘Mouchoirs were produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to commemorate notable and royal events.’
- ‘The women of the party are selecting a mouchoir or a new gown.’
- ‘On her lap lay a mouchoir fragrant with millefleurs, and the last new novel was open in her hand.’
- ‘Her hair covered with a mouchoir.’
- ‘An unidentified woman clutches a mouchoir while writing a sentimental family letter.’
Late 17th century: French, from late Latin muccare ‘wipe one's nose’, from Latin mucus ‘mucus’.
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