from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place where peat can be dug; a peat bog.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of peatland from which turf may be cut for fuel.
  • n. Material extracted from a turbary.
  • n. The right to cut turf from a turbary on a common or in some cases, another person's land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A right of digging turf on another man's land; also, the ground where turf is dug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a right of digging turf on another man's land.
  • n. A peat-bog, peat-moor, or peat-swamp; any locality where peat occurs in considerable quantity. See the quotation under peat-moor.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English turbarie, from Anglo-Norman turberie, from Medieval Latin turbāria, from turba, turf, of Germanic origin.


  • We had then to pay a special rate for cutting turf, called turbary, in addition to our rent.

    The Letters of "Norah" on Her Tour Through Ireland

  • It is only fair to the memory of the deceased gentleman to state that such rights are frequently paid for, and that he had not taken the farm subject to any "turbary" rights or local customs.

    Disturbed Ireland Being the Letters Written During the Winter of 1880-81.

  • It is quite easy to understand that a tenant who has been thirty years on a little holding thinks himself entitled to great lenity, especially if his rent has been raised during that period, and, as this man asserts, his "turbary" rights restricted, and every kind of privilege reduced.

    Disturbed Ireland Being the Letters Written During the Winter of 1880-81.

  • The vast quantity of this unworked fuel would be sufficient to warm the whole population of Iceland for a century; this vast turbary measured in certain ravines had in many places a depth of seventy feet, and presented layers of carbonized remains of vegetation alternating with thinner layers of tufaceous pumice.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • We have no turbary, or any other easement; but, to compensate us, we have thirlage, outsucken multures, insucken multures, and dry multures; as also we have a soumin and roumin, as any one who has been so fortunate as to hear Mr Outram's pathetic lyric on that interesting right of pasturage will remember, in conjunction with pleasing associations.

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • The privilege of turbary, or "getting turf," was a valuable one, and was conferred frequently on the burgesses of towns paying scot and lot.

    Recollections of Old Liverpool

  • Sir Edward More, in his celebrated rental, gives advice to his son to look after "his turbary."

    Recollections of Old Liverpool

  • The right of turbary, which nearly every tenancy possesses, is the one thing which has kept this population from starvation, and in the case of seaside tenancies a further gain accrues from the use made of seaweed as manure, which, owing to the absence of stall-feeding, is only to be obtained in this way.

    Ireland and the Home Rule Movement

  • I had a few words with the agent about the turbary this morning, and maybe you're better without me.

    Three Plays

  • Would you give me the red cow you have and the mountainy ram, and the right of way across your rye path, and a load of dung at Michaelmas, and turbary upon the western hill?

    Act Two


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