churchscot

noun church·scot \ ˈchərchˌskät , -ə̄ch- , -əich- \
variants: or churchshot \-ˌshät\

Definition of churchscot

plural -s
: 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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Origin and Etymology of 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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