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15th century, in the meaning defined above
alteration of Middle English toret, turret half-ring, eyelet, from Anglo-French turette, diminutive of tur circuit, ring — more at turn
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“Terret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terret. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.
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