One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of whitish grey fur, used especially for trimming and lining garments.
Late Middle English. From Anglo-Norman letuce, letuse and Middle French letice, lettice, letise, letisse whitish fur (end of the 13th cent. in Old French, although possible earlier currency is suggested by the post-classical Latin word cited below; French (now regional: Normandy) laitisse, létice stoat ( Mustela erminea) in its winter coat, ermine); further origin uncertain and disputed.
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