One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An area of grass, a lawn.
2Specifically. A public enclosure at a French racecourse.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Thackeray (1811–1863), novelist. From French pelouse lawn, public enclosure at a racecourse, probably from Occitan pelouso lawn, use as noun of feminine of pelous (Old Occitan pelos) hairy from classical Latin pilōsus hairy.
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