from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman born in villeinage.
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According to Blackstone, the children of villeins were in the same state of bondage with their parents; whence they were called, in Latin, "nativi," which gave rise to the female appellation of a villein, who was called a _neife_.
Ifthe wicked depart fro his wicked -,/* neife, I will not remember all his iniquities.