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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Labor exacted by a local authority for little or no pay or instead of taxes and used especially in the maintenance of roads.
  • n. A day of unpaid work required of a vassal by a feudal lord.

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  • n. Alternative form of corvee.

Etymologies

French corvée and Middle English corve, both from Old French corovee, from Medieval Latin (opera) corrogāta, (work) requested, neuter pl. of Latin corrogātus, past participle of corrogāre, to summon together : com-, com- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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