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- n. Plural form of tillage.
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I can see them of them already -- the Shatters, the tillages spilling down from the Rucks, and the Flings, those little islands that can hold only one family -- Ginny hugged her again in excitement.
These valleys were the most stable and prosperous tillages of the country.
A flooded rice field is an agroecosystem that is frequently disturbed by farming practices, i.e. tillages, irrigation, fertilization, crop establishment and weeding, as well as by natural phenomena such as rainfall and flooding, which result in extreme instability on a short time scale during the crop cycle, but relative stability on a long time scale.
They get stereotyped, partly because they were tracks, and partly because for convenience the first enclosures and tillages were made along the roads for purposes of communication.
She was quite a botanist in a small way, could discourse like any farmer on crops and tillages, was most sporting in her descriptions of shooting and hunting, and had an exhaustive understanding of, and sympathy with, the animal world, which seemed quite uncanny to town-bred girls.
"Little birds of heaven," cries the Flemish chronicler Molinet, "ye who are wont to haunt our fields and rejoice our hearts with your amorous notes, now seek out other countries; get ye hence from our tillages, for the king of the mowers of France hath done worse to us than do the tempests."
(letting be the castles,  which in their littleness  were like unto the city,) throughout the scattered villages and in the fields, the poor and miserable husbandmen and their families, without succour of physician or aid of servitor, died, not like men, but well nigh like beasts, by the ways or in their tillages or about the houses, indifferently by day and night.