The grantees in their turn settled these holdings in fee tail on the oldest son in accordance with the law of primogeniture.
Estates of inheritance are divided into estates in fee simple, and estates in fee tail.
Jurors were required to have at least 20 pounds income from freehold land or rents in fee, fee tail, or for life.
No grantee or his heirs could alienate the land held in fee tail.
It is divisible into three species: fee simple; conditional fee; fee tail.
I will give you the law, briefly: descendible estates among us are of two kinds, estates in fee simple and estates in fee tail.
late 13c., from Old French fieu, fief "fief, possession, holding, domain; feudal duties, payment," from Medieval Latin feodum "land or other property whose use is granted in return for service," widely said to be from Frankish *fehu-od "payment-estate," or a similar Germanic compound, in which the first element is cognate with Old English feoh "money, movable property, cattle" (also German Vieh "cattle," Gothic faihu "money, fortune"), from PIE *peku- "cattle" (cf. Sanskrit pasu, Lithuanian pekus "cattle;" Latin pecu "cattle," pecunia "money, property"); second element similar to Old English ead "wealth."
OED rejects this, and suggests a simple adaptation of Germanic fehu, leaving the Medieval Latin -d- unexplained. Sense of "payment for services" first recorded late 14c. Fee-simple is "absolute ownership," as opposed to fee-tail "entailed ownership," inheritance limited to some particular class of heirs (second element from Old French taillir "to cut, to limit").