One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Albert Richard Smith (1816–1860), author, public lecturer, and mountaineer. From classical Latin abstrūs-, past participial stem of abstrūdere abstrude + -ive. Compare post-classical Latin abstrusivus fenced round, fortified.
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