One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of the nature of phagedaena; of or relating to phagedaena.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From classical Latin phagedaenicus of the nature of a phagedaena from Hellenistic Greek ϕαγεδαινικός from ancient Greek ϕαγέδαινα + -ικός. Compare French phagédénique.
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