One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very small amount; a particle, a scrap.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From early Scandinavian (compare Swedish regional resma ear of corn (especially of oats), Danish regional rusme, rusne stalk or head (of oats), a derivative formation from the same base as Old Swedish ris, Old Danish ris, although the reason for the difference in the stem vowel in Danish is unclear).
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