Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An allotment of land in early English village communities, the holder of which was bound to furnish one ox to the plow-team; an oxgang.
- n. archaic an oxgang
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (O. Eng. Law.) An oxgang, or as much land as an ox can plow in a year; an ancient measure of land, of indefinite quantity, but usually estimated at fifteen acres.
“The basis of the whole scheme of measurement in Domesday was the hide, usually of 120 acres, the amount of land that could be ploughed by a team of 8 oxen in a year; a quarter of this was the virgate, an eighth the bovate, which would therefore supply one ox to the common team.”
“(which were such as we call husbandmen) paid each a cock and a hen, besides a small rent in money, for a toft and one bovate of land, held of the Priory of Thurgarton.”
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