- land, or a piece of land, where turf or peat may be dug or cut.
- Law. the right to cut turf or peat on a common land or on another person's land.
Origin of turbary
1275–1325; Middle English turbarye < Medieval Latin turbāria, equivalent to turb(a) turf + -āria -ary1
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Examples from the Web for turbary
The Pastor had a sort of turbary right, which supplied him with the latter.A Danish Parsonage
John Fulford Vicary
The turbary cattle appear to have been a small variety of the Bos namadicus, somewhat dwarfed by drought and hardship.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe
John M. Tyler
It would be strange to my purpose to discuss the details of common of estovers, of turbary, or of fishery.Villainage in England
Turbary, tur′ba-ri, n. the right to go upon the soil of another and dig turf, and carry off the same: a place where peat is dug.
After some further discussion Mr. Hunter warned the people off his farm and declared their supposed "turbary" rights at an end.Disturbed Ireland
Bernard H. Becker
- land where peat or turf is cut or has been cut
- Also called: common of turbary (in England) the legal right to cut peat for fuel on a common
C14: from Old French turbarie, from Medieval Latin turbāria, from turba peat, turf