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- n. Acorns and beech mast used as forage for pigs.
- n. A tax formerly paid for the privilege of feeding swine in the woods.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The food of swine in the woods, as beechnuts, acorns, etc.; -- called also pawns.
- n. A tax paid for the privilege of feeding swine in the woods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The money taken by agistors for the privilege of feeding hogs upon the mast of the forests.
- n. The mast of beech, acorns, etc., used as food for swine.
Old French pasnage, Late Latin pasnadium, pastinaticum, from pastionare to feed on mast, as swine, from Latin pastio a pasturing, grazing. See pastor. (Wiktionary)