Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The dung of livestock left on a field to serve as manure or fertiliser.
  • n. A piece of ground dunged by livestock.
  • n. Strong grass growing around the dung of kine.
  • v. To manure (land) by pasturing cattle on it, or causing them to lie upon it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3d pers. sing. pres. of ta, to take.
  • n. Dung, or droppings of cattle.
  • n. The luxuriant grass growing about the droppings of cattle in a pasture.
  • transitive v. To manure (land) by pasturing cattle on it, or causing them to lie upon it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To manure, as a field, by allowing live stock to graze upon it.
  • n. The dung or manure left on land where live stock has been fed. Also teathe.
  • n. Strong grass growing round the dung of cattle.

Etymologies

From Middle English tath, from Old Norse tað ("manure"), from Proto-Germanic *tadan (“manure”), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (“to divide, split, part, section”). Cognate with Icelandic tað ("manure, dung"), Swedish dialectal tad ("manure, dung"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English tathen, from Old Norse teðja ("to manure"), from Proto-Germanic *tadjanan (“to strew, scatter”), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (“to divide, split, part, section”). Cognate with Icelandic teðja ("to dung, manure"), Norwegian tedja ("to dung"), German zetten ("to let fall in small pieces, let crumble"). (Wiktionary)

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  • But most definitely not teeth. :-)

    February 28, 2007

  • According to the OED:

    A measure of land formerly used in Ireland, equal to 60 Irish acres. Also tate.

    Scottish and dialect. The dung of cattle, sheep, etc. left for manure on land on which they have been pastured. Also tathe, teath, taith.

    February 27, 2007