One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A beaver skin, used as a standard unit of value in the fur trade.
- ‘A dried plew was called a parchment.’
- ‘Driven out by the French, the Huguenots carried with them the process they had developed for turning beaver plews into the felt used for the beaver hats.’
Mid 19th century: from Canadian French pélu ‘hairy’, from French poil ‘hair, bristle’.
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