a person or animal that has strayed.
Law. a domestic animal, as a horse or a sheep, found wandering or without an owner.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to stray.

1250–1300; Middle English astrai < Anglo-French estray, derivative of Old French estraier to stray Unabridged
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estray (ɪˈstreɪ)
law a stray domestic animal of unknown ownership
[C16: from Anglo-French, from 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.
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