tanistry

[ tan-uh-stree, thaw-nuh- ]
/ ˈtæn ə stri, ˈθɔ nə- /

noun

the system among various Celtic tribes of choosing a tanist.

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Origin of tanistry

First recorded in 1590–1600; tanist + -ry
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