One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Roman History. A woman chosen to officiate or assist at a marriage ceremony; a matron of honour.
2In full "pronuba moth". Any of several small, white, North American moths of the former genus Pronuba (now Tegeticula, family Incurvariidae or Prodoxidae), which pollinate yucca plants; especially the yucca moth, T. yuccasella.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. From classical Latin prōnuba woman who attended a bride from prō- + the stem of nūbere to marry.
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