One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Thin fried potatoes in the shape of matchsticks.
1960s; earliest use found in Len Deighton (b. 1929), novelist. From French pommes allumettes (plural) from French pomme potato + allumette (in cookery) dish prepared in the shape of matchsticks.
pommes allumettes/ˌpɒm al(j)uːˈmɛt/
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