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armscye

[ ahrm-sahy, -zahy ]
/ ˈɑrm saɪ, -zaɪ /
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noun
(especially in tailoring and dressmaking) the armhole opening in a garment through which the hand, and then the arm, passes, and to which a sleeve may be attached.
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Also arms·eye [ahrmz-ahy]. /ˈɑrmzˌaɪ/.

Origin of armscye

First recorded in 1920–25; arm1 + scye “armhole” (originally Scots, Ulster dialect s(e)y, sie, of uncertain origin); reanalyzed by folk etymology as “arm's eye”
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