One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Completely covered or protected, as with a coat of mail; inviolable.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From pan- + Hellenistic Greek ϕρακτός fenced, protected from the stem of ancient Greek ϕράσσειν (Attic ϕράττειν) to fence in + -τός, suffix forming verbal adjectives.
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