variants: or panage \ ˈpanij \
plural -s

Definition of pannage

1a : the act of pasturing swine in a wood or forest (as in medieval England)
b : the legal right or privilege of such pasturing
c : the charge or payment made for this privilege
2 : food (as acorns, beechnuts) for swine in a forest

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History and Etymology for pannage

Middle English pannage, from Anglo-French pannage, pasnage, from Old French paasnaige, from Medieval Latin pasnagium, pannagium, alteration of pastionaticum payment for pannage, from Latin pastion-, pastio feeding, grazing (from pastus —past participle of pascere to pasture, feed, graze—+ -ion-, -io -ion) + -aticum -age

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“Pannage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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