One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of an ordinary or diminutive: interrupted in its progress, with part displaced but not cut off.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Guillim's Display of Heraldrie. From French rompu (although this is apparently first attested later in the specific heraldic use: 1676 or earlier, in chevron rompu), use as adjective of rompu, past participle of rompre to break.
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