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udal

/ˈjuːdəl/
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
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.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

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

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

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

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • udal, musing with his hand upon his chin, shook his head negligently.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • And consider that we must bring to the King Rich and udal and many other witnesses this night.'

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • udal remained silent, dejected, his head resting upon his breast.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • udal asked again, 'Oh, Mistress of my actions and my heart, what whim is this?

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • udal sought for priests, but having no money, he was disregarded by them.

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  • It appears to me better to die upon my property than to fly from my udal estates.

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