One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Rum; a glass or drink of this.
A variety of gooseberry with yellow or green skin, used chiefly for bottling.
Mid 17th century. Origin uncertain. Although the word is evidently related to its slightly later synonyms rum and rumbustion, the precise nature of the relationship in unclear<br>late 17th century (in an earlier sense). Alteration of Rambouillet.
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