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poundage1

[poun-dij]
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noun
  1. a tax, commission, rate, etc., of so much per pound sterling or per pound weight.
  2. weight in pounds.
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Origin of poundage1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pound2, -age

poundage2

[poun-dij]
noun
  1. confinement within an enclosure or within certain limits.
  2. the fee demanded to free animals from a pound.
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Origin of poundage2

First recorded in 1545–55; pound3 + -age
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poundage1

noun
  1. a tax, charge, or other payment of so much per pound of weight
  2. a tax, charge, or other payment of so much per pound sterling
  3. a weight expressed in pounds
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poundage2

noun
  1. agriculture
    1. confinement of livestock within a pound
    2. the fee required for freeing a head of livestock from a pound
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Word Origin and History for poundage

n.

late 14c., "tax per pound;" 1903 as "weight;" from pound (n.1) + -age.

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