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generic word - One referring to a commercial product, formerly a brand name that is no longer protected by trademark. More...
patent leather - Got its name from the U.S. Patent Office, as the leather's finish was once protected by patent. More...
shelter - May come from Middle English sheltron, a body of troops that protected itself in battle with a covering of joined shields. More...
patron - Derives from Latin patronus, which means "protector of clients" or "defender." More...