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allodium

[uh-loh-dee-uh m] /əˈloʊ di əm/
noun, plural allodia
[uh-loh-dee-uh] /əˈloʊ di ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
land owned absolutely; land owned and not subject to any rent, service, or other tenurial right of an overlord.
Also, alodium.
Also called allod
[al-od, -uh d] /ˈæl ɒd, -əd/ (Show IPA),
alod.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Medieval Latin < Frankish *allōd- (all all + -ōd patrimony, cognate with Old Norse ōth- in ōthal, Gothic -ōth- in haim-ōthli, Old Saxon ōth- in ōthil, Old English, Old Frisian ēth- in ēthel, akin (by gradation) to ath- of atheling) + Medieval Latin -ium -ium
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allodium

/əˈləʊdɪəm/
noun (pl) -lodia (-ˈləʊdɪə), -lods
1.
(history) lands held in absolute ownership, free from such obligations as rent or services due to an overlord Also alodium
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin, from Old German allōd (unattested) entire property, from al-all + -ōd property; compare Old High German ōt, Old English eād property
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allodial land

land freely held, without obligation of service to any overlord. Allodial land tenure was of particular significance in western Europe during the Middle Ages, when most land was held by feudal tenure

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