from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An agricultural system of letting land in small patches or strips, usually for tillage.
- n. A strip of land that is let under this system.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A system of letting a portion of a farm for a single crop.
- transitive v. To underlet a portion of, for a single crop; -- said of a farm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To let land on the conacre system.
- n. In Ireland, a form of peasant occupancy arising from grants of the use of land in whole or part payment of wages. It is nearly obsolete.
A thousand excuses will be made for taking partners, for subletting on the "conacre" and other systems.
It requires no prophet's eye to discern that the instant the tenant's son got married he would bring his wife home to his father's roof, and that if the energies of the united family did not suffice to cultivate the whole of the forty acres, part would be let at "conacre," that is, for the period of one harvest, to a man with or without a holding of his own.
They had been let out under the conacre system, at so much a rood, for the potato season, at rents amounting sometimes to ten or twelve pounds the acre; but nobody would take them now.
I have seen men and women actually fencing with questions put to them by the excellent priest who dwells at Letterfrack, Father McAndrew, who was obliged to exercise all his authority to obtain a straight answer concerning the potato crop grown on a patch of conacre land.
And is it intended that when Mike, and Thady, and Tim are settled on their new clearings they are to do as they like on them, to subdivide, to sublet, to conacre, to settle their numerous children and their children's children on the original forty-acre farm?
The rest of their living was made either out of a conacre potato patch, for which they were charged a tremendous rent, or eked out by the excursion of one member of the family to England for the reaping season.
By letting this conacre land in little patches, a high rent is secured, which the tenants have no option but to promise to pay.
This bit of arable land is let to the surrounding tenants on the conacre principle -- that is, the holders are not even yearly tenants, but have the land let to them for the crop, the season while their potatoes or oats are on the ground.
Committee: "In many instances the conacre tenants have refused to dig the crops, and are already suffering from want of food."
The mezzeria system of agriculture, which, if not absolutely the same, is extremely similar to that which is known as “conacre,” rendered the lot of the peasant population very far better and more prosperous than that of the tillers of the earth in any of the other provinces.
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