One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A defect of iron in which it becomes brittle when red-hot, typically due to an excess of sulphur in the metal; = red-shortness. Now rare.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Holme (1627–1700), herald painter. Probably originally from red-sear. In later use probably an alteration of either red-short, red-short, or redshire, after sear.
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