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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Anglo-Saxon law, rent or income; tax, tribute, or custom.


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  • Two eminent topographical writers of the present day are inclined to be of opinion that this word _cavell_ is connected with the Saxon _gafol_, gavel-tributum -- money paid -- which we have in

    Notes and Queries, Number 29, May 18, 1850

  • The chief man in the village was the manorial lord, a _thane_, who had his demesne land, and his _gafol_ land, or _geneat_ land, which was land held in villeinage, and cultivated by _geneats_, or persons holding by service.

    English Villages


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