noun steel·bow \ˈstēlˌbō, -bau̇\

Definition of steelbow

  1. 1 :  the farming stock, implements, and other materials formerly supplied to a tenant farmer in Scotland by the landlord under a contract stipulating that these goods must be returned or compensated for at the expiration of the tenancy

  2. 2 :  a type of contract formerly in use in Scotland under which a tenant farmer must at the expiration of his tenancy return to his landlord the farming goods supplied by the landlord or compensate him for them

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Origin and Etymology of steelbow

Middle English stelebow, from stele steel + bow farm stock; from the understanding that the amount must be rigidly preserved and returned — more at bower (farm tenant)

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