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- n. hearth tax
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Hearth money.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tax on chimneys; hearth-money. Also fuage.
Another of Sir William Petty's helps in the arithmetic of population was the Chimney Tax, a revival of the old fumage or hearth-money -- smoke farthings, as the people called them -- once paid, according to
[Although fumage or smoke money was as old as the Conquest, the first parliamentary levy of hearth or chimney money was by statute