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bastard eigne

[ eyn ]
/ eɪn /
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noun Old English Law.
the firstborn illegitimate son of parents whose second son was legitimate.
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Origin of bastard eigne

First recorded in 1580–90; eigne, from Anglo-French: “elder,” Old French ainsné (ainz “before,” from unattested Vulgar Latin antius, for Latin anteā + “born”); see )
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