One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A papal officer charged with the supervision of and apportionment of copy to scribes in the papal chancellery.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Rainolds (1549–1607), theologian and college head. From post-classical Latin rescribendarius papal officer charged with distributing the work among the copyists, and also responsible for levying a tax on certain papal documents from classical Latin rescrībendum, gerund of rescrībere + -ārius.
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