church·​scot | \ ˈchərchˌskät, -ə̄ch-, -əich- \
variants: or churchshot \ -​ˌshät \
plural -s

Definition of churchscot

: a tribute formerly collected by the clergy for their support or as a due probably originally in the form of a portion of grain

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First Known Use of churchscot

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for churchscot

alteration & partial translation of Old English ciricsceat, from cirice church + sceatt payment, treasure; akin to Old High German scaz money, Old Norse skattr, Gothic skatts, Latin scatere to bubble up, Greek skatamizein to jump, Lithuanian skasti

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“Churchscot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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