scav·​age | \ ˈskavij \
plural -s

Definition of scavage

: a duty exacted in 14th, 15th, and 16th century England of nonresident merchants by mayors, sheriffs, or corporations on goods shown for sale

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History and Etymology for scavage

Middle English skawage, from Old North French escauwage inspection, from escauwer to inspect (of Germanic origin) + -age; akin to Old English scēawian to look at, see, inspect

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“Scavage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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