murdrum

noun

mur·​drum
ˈmərdrəm
plural -s
early English law
1
: murder
especially : a killing in secret
2
: a fine exacted under the Norman kings from the hundred in which a person was slain unless the slayer was produced or proof was given that the slain person was not a Franco-Norman

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, murder, fine for murder, from Old French murdre murder

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“Murdrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/murdrum. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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