gavel kind

gavelkind

[gav-uhl-kahynd]
noun English Law.
1.
(originally) a tenure of land in which the tenant was liable for a rental in money or produce rather than for labor or military service.
2.
a customary system of land tenure whose chief feature was equal division of land among the heirs of the holder.
3.
the land so held.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English gavelkinde, gavlikind, Old English gafel gavel2 + (ge)cynd kind2

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gavelkind (ˈɡævəlˌkaɪnd)
 
n
1.  a former system of land tenure peculiar to Kent based on the payment of rent to the lord instead of the performance of services by the tenant
2.  the land subject to such tenure
3.  English law (formerly) land held under this system
 
[C13: from Old English gafol tribute + gecyndkind²]

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