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land grant

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  1. a tract of land given by the government, as for colleges or railroads.
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Origin of land grant

First recorded in 1850–55
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land grant

noun
  1. US and Canadian a grant of public land to a college, railway, etc
  2. (modifier) US designating a state university established with such a grant
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