prisage

prisage

[prahy-zij]
noun Old English Law.
the right of the king to take a certain quantity of every cargo of wine imported.
Compare butlerage.


Origin:
1495–1505; prise + -age; compare Medieval Latin prisāgium

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prisage (ˈpraɪzɪdʒ)
 
n
a customs duty levied until 1809 upon wine imported into England
 
[C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French prise a taking or requisitioning, duty, from prendre to take; see prise]

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