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wapentake

[wop-uh n-teyk, wap-] /ˈwɒp ənˌteɪk, ˈwæp-/
noun
1.
(formerly in N England and the Midlands) a subdivision of a shire or county corresponding to a hundred.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English < Old Norse vāpnatak (compare Old English wǣpen-getæc) show of weapons at public voting, equivalent to vāpna (genitive plural of vāpn weapon) + tak taking; see take
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wapentake

/ˈwɒpənˌteɪk; ˈwæp-/
noun
1.
(English legal history) a subdivision of certain shires or counties, esp in the Midlands and North of England, corresponding to the hundred in other shires
Word Origin
Old English wǣpen(ge)tæc, from Old Norse vāpnatak, from vápnweapon + taktake
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Word Origin and History for wapentake
n.

division of certain English counties (equivalent to a hundred in other places), Old English wæpengetæc, from Old Norse vapnatak, from vapna, genitive plural of vapn "weapon" (see weapon) + tak "touching," from taka "to take, grasp." Perhaps it originally was an armed muster with inspection of weapons, or else an assembly where consent was expressed by brandishing swords and spears.

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Encyclopedia Article for wapentake

an administrative division of the English counties of York, Lincoln, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, and Rutland, first clearly referred to in 962/963 and corresponding to the "hundred" in other parts of England. The term wapentake is of Scandinavian origin and meant the taking of weapons; it later signified the clash of arms by which the people assembled in a local court expressed assent. Danish influence was strong in those English counties where wapentakes existed.

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