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. Emblements thus include corn, potatoes, and most garden vegetables, but not fruits, and generally not grass. They are deemed personal property, and pass as such to the executor or administrator of the occupier, instead of going with the land to his heir, if he die before he has cut, reaped, or harvested them; they also belong to the tenant when his tenancy has been terminated by an unexpected event without his agency, as by his death or that of his landlord.
- n. The right to such crops.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) 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.
- 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)
“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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