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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A custom, as in some ancient boroughs, by which lands and tenements descend to the youngest son, instead of the eldest; or, if the owner have no issue, to the youngest brother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a customary descent of some estates in England to the youngest son instead of the eldest, or, if the owner leaves no son, to the youngest brother.

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

  • n. a former English custom by which the youngest son inherited land to the exclusion of his older brothers


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