Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Acorns and beech mast used as forage for pigs.
  • n. A tax formerly paid for the privilege of feeding swine in the woods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The food of swine in the woods, as beechnuts, acorns, etc.; -- called also pawns.
  • n. A tax paid for the privilege of feeding swine in the woods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The money taken by agistors for the privilege of feeding hogs upon the mast of the forests.
  • n. The mast of beech, acorns, etc., used as food for swine.

Etymologies

Old French pasnage, Late Latin pasnadium, pastinaticum, from pastionare to feed on mast, as swine, from Latin pastio a pasturing, grazing. See pastor. (Wiktionary)

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  • a fee for feeding swine - origin of pork barrel????????????

    January 29, 2010