gavelkind

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noun gav·el·kind \ˈga-vəl-ˌkīnd\

Definition of gavelkind

  1. :  a tenure of land existing chiefly in Kent from Anglo-Saxon times until 1925 and providing for division of an intestate's estate equally among the sons or other heirs

Origin and Etymology of gavelkind

Middle English gavelkynde, from 1gavel + kinde kind


First Known Use: 14th century

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