Origin of Cloy
Short for obsolete accloy to clog from Middle English acloien from Old French encloer to drive a nail into from Medieval Latin inclāvāre Latin in- in in–2 Latin clāvāre to nail (from clāvus nail)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From an aphetic form of Middle English acloyen, from Old French enclouer, encloer, from Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre, from Late Latin clāvāre, present active infinitive of clāvō, from Latin clāvus.
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