One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A country or area from the inhabitants of which several nations develop.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Walter Scott (1771–1832), poet and novelist. From post-classical Latin officina gentium from classical Latin officīna + gentium, genitive plural of gēns.
officina gentium/ɒfɪˌsʌɪnə ˈdʒɛntɪəm/
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