One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A religious offering; specifically (in the Orthodox Church) the bread offered for use in the Eucharist.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Gladstone (1809–1898), prime minister and author. From Hellenistic Greek προσϕορά offering, Eucharistic bread (before or after consecration), already in ancient Greek in senses ‘application, use, increase, taking of food’ from πρός to + ϕορά carrying, after προσϕέρειν to bring to, to offer.
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