One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The essential nature of a table; the abstract quality of being a table.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Duke Yonge (1812–1891), classical scholar and historian. From table + -ness, after post-classical Latin menseitas (Erasmus), itself after Hellenistic Greek τραπεζότης (Diogenes Laertius, citing Plato).
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