One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Return or reversion to a state, theme, etc.; an instance of this.
2Botany and Ecology. The reappearance of a species, community, or flora, or return to its dominance in an area in which its previous presence and subsequent disappearance is documented in the historical or palaeobotanical record.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Hardyng (?1378–?1464), chronicler and forger. From revert + -ence.
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