catchpole

or catch·poll

[ kach-pohl ]
/ ˈkætʃˌpoʊl /

noun

(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.

Origin of catchpole

before 1050; Middle English cacchepol, late Old English cæcephol < Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally, chase-fowl, equivalent to cace- (< Old North French; see catch) + pollus < Latin pullus chick; see pullet

Related forms

catch·pol·er·y, catch·poll·er·y, noun
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catchpole

catchpoll

/ (ˈkætʃˌpəʊl) /

noun

(in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors

Word Origin for catchpole

Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace- catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)
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