Definitions

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  • n. In Anglo-Saxon law, a fine or mulct of uncertain character.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Anglo-Saxon law, a fine or mulct of uncertain character; “the sum every man sentenced to the pillory would have had to pay to save him from that punishment, had it been in use.”

Etymologies

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From Old English healsfang ("fine prescribed in substitution for capital and other punishments", literally "neck-taking", or "taking by the neck"), equivalent to halse +‎ fang. Cognate with Icelandic hálsfang ("embracing").

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