from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A socman; a tenant holding in fee socage, but obliged, as long as ho held, to render some customary service or due.
  • n. One of a despised race formerly existing in several parts of France, afterward chiefly found in Poitou, where they lived in boats on the rivers, but now nearly extinct: probably so called from the ancient class of French serfs of that name.


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