assart

Assart

As*sart"\ ([a^]s*s[aum]rt"), n. [OF. essart the grubbing up of trees, fr. essarter to grub up or clear ground of bushes, shrubs, trees, etc., fr. LL. exartum, exartare, for exsaritare; L. ex + sarire, sarrire, saritum, to hoe, weed.]

1. (Old Law) The act or offense of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying the thickets or coverts of a forest. --Spelman. --Cowell.

2. A piece of land cleared of trees and bushes, and fitted for cultivation; a clearing. --Ash.

Assart land, forest land cleared of woods and brush.
Webster's Revised

Assart

As*sart"\, v. t. To grub up, as trees; to commit an assart upon; as, to assart land or trees. --Ashmole.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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