|1.||an act passed by the US Congress in 1862 making available to settlers 160-acre tracts of public land for cultivation|
|2.||(in Canada) a similar act passed by the Canadian Parliament in 1872|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
A law passed in the 1860s that offered up to 160 acres of public land to any head of a family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land for five years, and cultivated it or built on it.