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  • A bit of a mysery: 'Etym., sense, and form doubtful', sayd the O.E.D., which just marks it obs. without providing a positive definition, only a 1706 quotation which calls lef-silver 'a Duty paid by the Tenants to the Lord, for leave to plough and sow in the time of Pannage, or Mast-feeding'.

    January 11, 2009