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- n. One who agists or takes in cattle to pasture at a certain rate; a pasturer.
- n. Formerly, an officer of the king's forest, who had the care of cattle agisted, and collected the money for the same; hence called gisttaker, which in England is corrupted into guest-taker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer of the royal forests of England, having the care of cattle agisted, and of collecting the money for the same; one who receives and pastures cattle, etc., for hire.
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Moore, 543 (40 Eliz.); an obscurely reported case, seems to have been assumpsit against an agistor, for a horse stolen while in his charge, and asserts obiter that "without such special assumpsit the action does not lie."
_ I thought that among so many foresters there might be an agistor.
Which being echoed in chorus by the other six, they took their departure, much marvelling what the reverend doctor could mean by an agistor.
1 An agistor was a forest officer who superintended the taking in of strange cattle to board and lodge, and accounted for the profit to the sovereign.