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Scavage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scavage (O. Eng. Law) A toll or duty formerly exacted of merchant strangers by mayors, sheriffs, etc., for goods shown or offered for sale within their precincts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scavage A toll or duty anciently exacted from merchant strangers by mayors, sheriffs, etc., for goods offered for sale within their precincts.
    • scavage To act as a scavenger: used only or chiefly in the derived form scavaging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scavage skav′āj a duty or toll anciently exacted by mayors, &c., on goods exposed for sale.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. scavagium, fr. AS. sceáwian, to look at, to inspect. See Show

Usage

In literature:

Scawage; scavage, toll or tax.
"Game and Playe of the Chesse" by Caxton
For the privilege of selling merchandise, a duty of scavage shall be taken of merchant aliens, but not of denizens.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
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