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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An estate in land limited in inheritance to a particular class of heirs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (obsolete) An estate in land at common law wherein the land is inherited, but can not be sold, devised by will, or otherwise alienated by the owner, but which passes by operation of law to the owner's heirs upon his death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an estate of inheritance, limited and restrained to some particular heirs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fee limited to a particular line of heirs; they are not free to sell it or give it away
  • v. limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

Etymologies

Middle English fe taille, from Anglo-Norman fee taile : fe, fee; see fee + Old French taile, past participle of tailier, to cut; see tailor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Derived from the Middle Latin foedum talliatum. (Wiktionary)

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