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estray

[ih-strey] /ɪˈstreɪ/
noun
1.
a person or animal that has strayed.
2.
Law. a domestic animal, as a horse or a sheep, found wandering or without an owner.
verb (used without object)
3.
Archaic. to stray.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English astrai < Anglo-French estray, derivative of Old French estraier to stray
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  • These officers also investigate livestock theft, losses on roads and railways and process estray livestock.
  • They regulated fences, created estray pounds, and were in charge of fisheries.
  • They regulated fences, created estray pounds, and paid bounties on varmints.
  • The county court allowed bounties on varmints, created estray pounds, and regulated fencing of lands.
British Dictionary definitions for estray

estray

/ɪˈstreɪ/
noun
1.
(law) a stray domestic animal of unknown ownership
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French estraier to stray
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