glebe

[gleeb]
noun
1.
Also called glebe land. Chiefly British. the cultivable land owned by a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice.
2.
Archaic. soil; field.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Latin glēba, glaeba clod of earth

glebeless, adjective
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glebe (ɡliːb)
 
n
1.  (Brit) land granted to a clergyman as part of his benefice
2.  poetic land, esp when regarded as the source of growing things
 
[C14: from Latin glaeba]

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glebe
1302, from O.Fr. glebe, from L. gleba "clod, lump," from PIE *glebh- "to roll into a ball" (cf. L. globus "sphere," O.E. clyppan "to embrace"). Earliest Eng. sense is "land forming a clergyman's benefice," on notion of soil of the earth as source of vegetable products.
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Another possibility is that glebe farm was originally built as a rectory.
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