\ \ [14] The origins of pillage are disputed.
\ \ It comes from Old French pillage, a derivative of pillerplunder’, but there the consensus breaks down. Some say that piller (which also meant ‘tear up’) was based on pillerag, cloth’, which may have been descended from Latin pilleusfelt cap’; others that it came from a Vulgar Latin verb *pīliāre, a derivative of Latin pīlumjavelin’ (source of English pilesupporting stake’); and others again that it came from Latin pilāreremove hair’ (source of English peel [13], which originally meant ‘plunder’), a derivative of pilushair’ (source of English pilenap’), in which case it would be roughly parallel in inspiration to colloquial English fleecerob’.

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