from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Anglo-Saxon law:
  • n. The seizure and rescue of stolen or lost property, particularly cattle, from the thief or from persons having illegal possession.
  • n. The reward fixed for such seizure or rescue.
  • n. In old English law, the taking of provisions from any person in fairs or markets before the royal purveyors were served with necessaries for the sovereign.


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