gavelkind

noun gav·el·kind \ ˈga-vəl-ˌkīnd \

Definition of gavelkind

: 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


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