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udal

noun
  1. law a form of freehold possession of land existing in northern Europe before the introduction of the feudal system and still used in Orkney and Shetland
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Word Origin

C16: Orkney and Shetland dialect, from Old Norse othal; related to Old English ēthel, ōethel, Old High German wodal
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  • Udal was rigid with fear, and the King had him by the throat.

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  • It was after Udal had been turned out of his mastership at Eton.

  • And there I had Udal for my Magister and evil fare and many beatings.

  • Udal, huddled against the wall, took these blows of fate with a quiver for each.

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  • Udal, musing with his hand upon his chin, shook his head negligently.

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