One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Something resembling a skeleton; a framework or underlying structure.
2Architecture. The skeleton or framework that supports a structure, as the ribs of a vault, the beams of a roof, or the frame of a window.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London. From French ossature from classical Latin oss-, os bone + French -ature -ature, probably after French musculature musculature.
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