Splice

To marry. Very strangely, “splice” means to split or divide. The way it came to signify unite is this: Ropes' ends are first untwisted before the strands are interwoven. Joining two ropes together by interweaving their strands is “splicing” them. Splicing wood is joining two boards together, the term being borrowed from the sailor. (German,spliessen, to split.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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