One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who murders one or both of his or her parents (or, in early use, any relative).
The murder of a parent.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From parent + -icide, probably in quot. 1656 after classical Latin parenticīda (in an isolated attestation in Plautus)<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Phillips (b. 1630), writer and biographer. From parent + -icide. Compare post-classical Latin parenticidium.
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