One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The assembly of the portmen of a borough or town; a court or common council of portmen.
Middle English. In some forms from portman + i-moot. In some forms from the genitive either of portman or of its plural portmen + moot. In some forms from portman + moot. Compare post-classical Latin portmanimotum, portimannimotum.
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