co-unties palatine

county palatine

noun, plural counties palatine.
the territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine.

1400–50; late Middle English Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
county palatine
n , pl counties palatine
1.  the lands of a count palatine
2.  (in England and Ireland) a county in which the earl or other lord exercised many royal powers, esp judicial authority

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