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mains

[ meynz ]
/ meɪnz /
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noun (used with a singular verb)British Dialect.

the main or home farm of a manor, as where the ownerlives; manse.

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Origin of mains

1425–75; late Middle English, plural of main, aphetic variant of Middle English demain, demeinedemesne
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