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catchpole

[kach-pohl] /ˈkætʃˌpoʊl/
noun
1.
(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.
Also, catchpoll.
Origin
late Old English
1050
before 1050; Middle English cacchepol, late Old English cæcephol < Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally, chase-fowl, equivalent to cace- (< Old North French; see catch) + pollus < Latin pullus chick; see pullet
Related forms
catchpolery, catchpollery, noun
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  • Use of a catchpole to release any lynx taken incidental to harvests of other furbearers.
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catchpole

/ˈkætʃˌpəʊl/
noun
1.
(in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors
Word Origin
Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace-catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)
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