One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A number of avenues, roads, paths, etc. (usually three or five) diverging from a common point.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Humphry Repton (1752–1818), landscape gardener. From French patte d'oie from patte + de + oie goose (1175 in Old French; alteration (after oiseau bird) of earlier oe, oue from post-classical Latin auca: see ocarina).
patte d'oie/ˌpat ˈdwɑː/
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