One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tallness, loftiness, height; length.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hugh Latimer (c1485–1555), bishop of Worcester, preacher, and protestant martyr. From Middle French procerité or its etymon classical Latin prōcēritāt-, prōcēritās height, tallness, length from prōcērus tall, long + -tās.
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