maltolte

noun
mal·​tolte
variants: or maletolt \ ˈmalˌtōlt \
plural -s

Definition of maltolte

: 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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History and Etymology for 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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