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noun
See under fee (def. 4a).
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Origin of fee tail

1250–1300; Middle English <Anglo-French
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fee tail

noun
property law
  1. a freehold interest in land restricted to a particular line of heirs
  2. an estate in land subject to such restrictionCompare fee simple

Word Origin for fee tail

C15: from Anglo-French fee tailé fee (or fief) determined, from taillier to cut
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