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The term derives from

  • A fringe is an ornamental appendage to the border of an item.

And is also found in:

  • Fringe science is a phrase used to describe scientific inquiry in an established field that departs significantly from mainstream or orthodox theories.


From Middle English, from Old French frenge, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, metathesis of Latin fimbriae (“fibers", "threads", "fringe”) (plural). (Cognates include German Franse and Danish frynse.)

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