One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A copper coin used in Flanders and Picardy from the 16th to the 18th cent.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Stocker (fl. 1563–1593), translator. From Middle French, French patart, patard small coin of little value, alteration, by suffix substitution, of patac (perhaps compare Old Occitan patar s.v.).
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