One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Rhomboid. Now rare.
2Anatomy and Zoology= "rhomboideus".
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Billingsley (d. 1606), merchant and translator. In sense 1 from post-classical Latin rhomboides from Hellenistic Greek ῥομβοειδές (in ῥομβοειδές σχῆμα rhomboid, i.e. a four-sided figure with only the opposite sides and angles equal (Euclid)), neuter of ancient Greek ῥομβοειδής rhombus-shaped, rhomboidal from ῥόμβος rhombus + -οειδής -oid.
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