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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, from royne scurf, scab (from Middle French rogne, from—assumed—Vulgar Latin ronea, probably alteration—influenced by Latin rodere to gnaw—of Latin aranea spider, spider web) + -ish
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