corves—Forced labour, formerly exacted of the 30 peasantry in France.
Each day the corves had brought the same news from the kitchen.
Next to the corves, the monster grievance of the third estate was the system of enrolments for the militia.
corves of 20,000 men used to be forced to clear it out year after year, but at last it was abandoned.
Indeed, certain impious villeins complain, "The tithe is worse than the imposts and the corves."
What the collection of the taxes had begun was almost always brought to a climax by the corves.
He had to hook on the “corves,” and keep an account by chalking on a board the number hoisted up.
In George Stephenson's day the coals were drawn out of the pit in corves, or large baskets made of hazel rods.
They pay together to the proprietor 12,060 livres rent (besides claims for poultry and corves).
Other men were engaged at the foot of the shaft, hooking on the corves full of coal to be drawn up by the machinery above.