byrlaw

noun
byr·​law | \ ˈbirˌlȯ, ˈbiəˌlȯ \
variants: or burlaw \ ˈbərˌlȯ , ˈbə̄ˌlȯ \
plural -s

Definition of byrlaw

: the local custom or law of a vill, township, or rural district in the north of England or in Scotland that governs disputes relating especially to boundaries, dates of plowing, and use of common land also : a particular custom or law established by common consent of the landholders of such a district

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History and Etymology for byrlaw

Middle English birelage, birlawe, perhaps from (assumed) Old Norse bȳjar lög, from Old Norse bȳjar (genitive of bȳr town) + lög law

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“Byrlaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/byrlaw. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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