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glebe

[gleeb] /glib/
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
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin glēba, glaeba clod of earth
Related forms
glebeless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glebe-land

glebe

/ɡliːb/
noun
1.
(Brit) land granted to a clergyman as part of his benefice
2.
(poetic) land, esp when regarded as the source of growing things
Word Origin
C14: from Latin glaeba
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Word Origin and History for glebe-land

glebe

n.

c.1300, from Old French glebe, from Latin gleba, glaeba "clod, lump of earth," from PIE *glebh- "to roll into a ball" (cf. Latin globus "sphere;" Old English clyppan "to embrace;" Lithuanian glebys "armful," globti "to embrace, support"). Earliest English sense is "land forming a clergyman's benefice," on notion of soil of the earth as source of vegetable products.

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