One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or process of becoming rancid; rancidity.
adjectiveIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
Of a horse, etc.: that stops suddenly and refuses to proceed. In extended use: causing such a reaction.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Matthew Stevenson (d. 1684), poet. From reest + -ing<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Walter Scott (1771–1832), poet and novelist. From reest + -ing.
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