One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of drapery fixed to the frame of a bed (or, in early use, suspended from the canopy), usually in ornamental folds or pleats, so as to conceal the legs; a valance.
Mid 16th century. From Middle French pante, specifically use of a variant of pente slope of a surface from a vulgar Latin variant of the past participle of classical Latin pendēre.
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