Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Annual crops produced by cultivation. Emblements are treated as personal property.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The growing crop, or profits of a crop which has been sown or planted; -- used especially in the plural. The produce of grass, trees, and the like, is not emblement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. plural In law, those annual agricultural products which demand culture, as distinguished from those which grow spontaneously; crops which require annual planting, or, like hops, annual training and culture.
  • n. The right to such crops.

Etymologies

1485, from Old French emblayement, emblaiment ("harvest, crop"), from emblaer, emblaier, emblader (French emblaver, "to sow with grain"), from Medieval Latin imblādāre ("to sow with grain"), from im- + blādum (French blé, "grain"), from Frankish *blād (“produce”), from Proto-Germanic *blēdaz, *blēdō (“flower, leaf”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlēdh-, *bhlō(w)-, *bhol- (“to flower; leaf”). Cognate with Old High German blāt ("flower, blossom, prosperity"), Middle Dutch blaad ("leaf"), Old English blǣd ("shoot, flower, fruit, harvest, wealth"). More at bloom. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Count Eudo reckoned himself stout enough, and reckoned Eustace was so; but the beauty of Jehane, that stately maid who might uphold a cornice, that still wonder of ivory and gold, was an emblement which he, the tenant, meant to profit by; and so for an hour (two years by the clock) he saw his profit fair.

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