World English Dictionary
thwaite (θweɪt)
a piece of land cleared from forest or reclaimed from wasteland
[from Old Norse thveit paddock]

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Word Origin & History

"cleared land," 1628, from O.N. þveit "piece of land, paddock," lit. "cutting, cut-piece" (related to O.E. þwitan "to cut, cut off"). Always a rare word and now obsolete, but frequently encountered in place names, where it probably originally meant "piece of ground cleared from forest."
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