One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A) Black cloth used for mourning garments or draperies; garments made of this cloth; also figurative. (b) Black colour, as a symbol of death and bereavement.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From mourning + black.
mourning black/ˈmɔːnɪŋ ˌblak/
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