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Anyone know the etymology of the "terry" part? --bodnotbod (talk) 12:58, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
The OED says that the origin is unknown. It also isn't clear if the word was originally a noun or an adjective. It says: "If adj., it may have been a corruption of F. tiré drawn." The earliest usage shown in the OED is 1784, as a noun. Shari (talk) 11:01, 6 July 2008 (UTC)