: 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
: 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

Word History


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

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“Steelbow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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