One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wire frame for supporting a large ruff or collar.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Philip Stubbes (c1555–c1610), pamphleteer. Apparently from support + -asse, an ending of unknown origin and identity; perhaps compare e.g. cuirass, canvas.
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