cleruch

noun cle·ruch \ˈkliˌrük, -lēˌr-, -rək\

Definition of cleruch

plural

-s

  1. :  a citizen of ancient Greece who received an allotment of land in a conquered country and usually migrated to it without loss of citizenship

cleruchial

\klə̇ˈrükēəl\ or

cleruchic

\-kik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cleruch

Greek klērouchos, from klēro- (from klēros lot, allotment) + -ochos holder (from echein to have, hold)


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