One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who holds or attends a field conventicle.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in George Hickes (1642–1715), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and antiquary. From field + conventicler, after field conventicle.
field conventicler/ˈfiːld kənˌvɛntɪklə/
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