byrlaw

noun byr·law \ ˈbirˌlȯ , ˈbiəˌlȯ \
variants: or burlaw \ˈbərˌlȯ, ˈbə̄ˌlȯ\

Definition of byrlaw

plural -s
: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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Origin and Etymology of 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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