One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic A person or thing regarded as excellent or perfect.utmost, optimum, last word, very limit, height, epitome, peak, pinnacle, acme, apex, apogee, zenith, culmination, perfection, nonpareil, extreme, extremityView synonyms
2A small Eurasian medick which is widely grown as a constituent of grazing pasture.
Early 17th century: coined on the pattern of nonpareil.
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