maltolte

noun mal·tolte \ˈmalˌtōlt\
variants: or

maletolt

\ˈmalˌtōlt\

Definition of maltolte

plural

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  1. :  an arbitrary customs duty levied by the British crown during the late medieval period in addition to the regular port charges

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Origin and Etymology of maltolte

Middle French maletoulte, malletoute additional duty or tax, from Old French mauthoste, from mau, mal bad + toste, tolte, toute pillage, tax, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin tollita, feminine of (assumed) Vulgar Latin tollitus, past participle of Latin tollere to lift up, take away


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