One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly Law. Shipwreck; an instance of this. Now rare (only literary).
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French naffrage, naufraige, Middle French, French naufrage from classical Latin naufragium shipwreck, ruin, disaster from naufragus shipwrecked, shipwrecking, variant of nāvifragus shipwrecking + -ium.
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