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bastard eigne

noun Old English Law.
  1. the first-born illegitimate son of parents whose second son was legitimate.
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Compare mulier puisne.

Origin of bastard eigne

1580–90; eigne < Anglo-French: elder, Old French ainsné (ainz before (< Vulgar Latin *antius, for Latin anteā) + ne born; see nee)
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