One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group, set, or series of eleven things; specifically (especially in Old English) a period of eleven years. Formerly also occasionally: †the number eleven (obsolete).
Old English; earliest use found in Byrhtferð of Ramsey (fl. c986–c1016), Benedictine monk and scholar. From post-classical Latin hendecad-, hendecas and its etymon ancient Greek ἑνδεκάδ-, ἑνδεκάς the number eleven from ἕνδεκα eleven + -άς.
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