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métayage

[ met-uh-yahzh, mey-tuh- ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈyɑʒ, ˌmeɪ tə- /
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noun

the system of agriculture based on the use of métayers.

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Origin of métayage

From French, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at métayer, -age
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  • Some have adopted the metayage system; others get the field-work done by the peasants at so much per acre.

    Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
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