Talk:remove

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I hope to learn the meaning of the apparently archaic usage of "remove" as a noun. In Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey & Maturin series of novels, "remove" is used to mean something similar to "course", as in a three-course meal. However, at one point O'Brian describes a meal consisting of some number of removes AND two courses, so it is clear that "remove" and "course" do not mean quite the same thing. Thank you for any help.