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British Dictionary definitions for pannage

pannage

noun archaic
  1. pasturage for pigs, esp in a forest
  2. the right to pasture pigs in a forest
  3. payment for this
  4. acorns, beech mast, etc, on which pigs feed

Word Origin

C13: from Old French pasnage, ultimately from Latin pastion-, pastiō feeding, from pascere to feed
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Examples from the Web for pannage

Historical Examples

  • Pannage is paid in the same way for the swine grazing in the woods.

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

  • We constantly find such entries as "a wood for pannage of fifty hogs."

  • The pannage pig or the grass swine, which the villeins give in return for mast and herbage, is often mentioned.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • He must pay toll to the bishop when he buys and sells; he must pay tace, apparently the pannage of a later time, for his pigs.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland