The first ever crossword puzzle was written by Arthur Wynne in 1913:
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It has several clues with obscure and obsolete answers, but I was able to find all of them in dictionaries except for this one:
10-18. The fibre of the gomuti palm.
The answer is "DOH", as you can confirm from the crossing clues and from countless crossword solution websites that give the answer with no explanation. But I'm not able to find any references of "doh" being used to mean palm fiber outside of this specific puzzle. Every dictionary I search lists only the Homer Simpson interjection or the first note of a musical scale. It is in the Wikipedia article for the gomuti palm, but it has only a single mention with no source.
So where does the word come from? Surely it must have appeared in some dictionary or encyclopedia in 1913? Or did Arthur Wynne just make it up and hope no one would notice?