One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In extended use: cancellation; obliteration; destruction; an instance of this. Now rare.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman and Middle French rasure (French † rasure) erasure, scraping, shaving, action of shaving the beard or hair, tonsure and its etymon from classical Latin rāsūra process of scraping or shaving, in post-classical Latin also particle removed by scraping, shaving, tonsure, erasure from rās-, past participial stem of rādere to scrape, shave + -ūra.
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