One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The dry white excrement of a dog, hyena, or other bone-eating carnivore, especially when used as an ingredient in medicinal preparations or in dyeing and tanning.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Chaloner. From post-classical Latin album Graecum from album dry white excrement of a dog, use as noun of neuter of classical Latin albus white + classical Latin Graecum, neuter of Graecus.
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