pri·​sage | \ ˈprīzij, prēˈzäzh \
variants: or less commonly prise \ ˈprīz , -​rēz \
plural -s

Definition of prisage

1a : the right of the crown under old English law to take one tun of wine from every ship importing from 10 to 20 tuns and 2 tuns from every ship importing 20 or more — compare butlerage
b : wine so taken
2 : the share of merchandise taken as lawful prize at sea that belongs to the king under old English law

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History and Etymology for prisage

prisage from Middle English prise prisage + -age; prise from Middle English, from Old French, act of taking, seizure (booty)

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“Prisage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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