One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plate of iron or other metal from which nails are cut; (as a mass noun) such metal plates collectively. Now rare.
2Anatomy and Zoology. The horny part of a fingernail or toenail; the horny wall of a claw.
3Surgery and Joinery. A perforated metal plate through which nails or screws can be inserted, used to join together two pieces of bone, timber, etc.
Late 18th century. From nail + plate.
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