One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Treated as plural. First fruits. Now chiefly in extended use.
Middle English; earliest use found in Genesis and Exodus. From Anglo-Norman primicies, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French primices, Middle French, French † premices, French prémices first-fruits, firstborn, (fig.) beginnings, first enjoyment (e.g. of love), virginity from classical Latin prīmitiae, prīmiciae; in French forms with initial pre- apparently influenced by Old French, Middle French premisse and its etymon post-classical Latin praemissa.
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