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  • n. A bot or fine paid to the near kinsmen of a slain man as compensation.


From Old English mǣgbōt ("compensation paid to the kinsman of a murdered man"), mæg +‎ bot; Compare manbote. (Wiktionary)


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  • From the OED: A fine to be paid as compensation to a close kinsman of the victim of a killing.

    Other forms: magbote, maegbote

    see also manbot

    December 19, 2011