One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A piece or stick of barley-sugar or a similar confection; = penide. Usually in plural.
2Formerly (especially in northern England): a 19th cent. trade term for a toffee-like sweet flavoured with lemon, peppermint, etc.
Middle English; earliest use found in Journal of English and Germanic Philology. Apparently variant of penide (although attested slightly earlier) or of its etymon Middle French pénide, with alteration of the ending; compare Middle French penites, Italian peneto, penneto, pennito.
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