One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounIrish English, Scottish, Northern
A plait or braid; plaited work.
A heavy whip, sometimes loaded with lead, formerly used as an instrument of punishment in Russia.
verbIrish English, Scottish, Northern
with object To braid or intertwine (strands of hair, straw, etc.).
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Medulla Grammatice. Probably ultimately a variant of plait, either arising from shortening of Middle English variants with long open ē, or by analogy with past tense and past participle forms of pleat<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in William Coxe. From Russian plet′ scourge, whip from plesti to scourge, whip<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in Mirour of Mans Saluacioune. Either originally inferred from past tense and past participle forms of pleat, or directly from plet.
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