One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reverberatory furnace or kiln; = "reverberatory".
Reverberatory; especially = "reverberatory".
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. Either from reverbatory, or shortened from reverberatory<br>late 16th century. Apparently irregularly from reverb- + -atory, perhaps arising from misrecollection of post-classical Latin reverberatorius or reverberatory.
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