maegbote

noun
maeg·​bote
variants: or maegbot or less commonly magbote \ ˈmagˌbōt \
plural -s

Definition of maegbote

Anglo-Saxon law
: compensation paid to the kinsmen of a man slain

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History and Etymology for maegbote

Old English mǣgbōt, from mǣg kinsman, relative + bōt compensation; akin to Old Saxon & Old High German māg kinsman, Old Norse māgr relative by marriage, Gothic megs son-in-law, Greek periēmektein to be unwilling, Lithuanian mėgti to like; basic meaning: friendly

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“Maegbote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maegbote. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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