One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The papal throne; (hence) the office or position of Pope, the Papacy (now rare).
2Bodybuilding a piece of equipment used primarily to perform exercises for the lower back, consisting of a short bench with an apparatus for holding the legs in a fixed position.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Fitzherbert (1552–1640), Jesuit.
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