pannage

noun pan·nage \ˈpanij\
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panage

\ˈpanij\

Definition of pannage

plural

-s

  1. 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. 2 :  food (as acorns, beechnuts) for swine in a forest

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Origin and Etymology of 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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