from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reward paid for the capture and delivery of a fugitive; a bounty.
- n. A poll tax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a capitation tax; a poll tax.
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"They both claim the head money given by the lodge for the shooting of old man Crabbe over at Stylestown, and who's to say which fired the bullet?"