One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trademark for: a savoury anchovy paste; = "Gentleman's Relish".
Late 19th century. Probably from *patum, fanciful Latinized alteration of pâté + *piperium, neuter of an unattested adjective from classical Latin piper pepper + -ius suffix forming adjectives. In form Patum Peperium apparently altered after pepper.
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