turbary

[tur-buh-ree]
noun, plural tur·ba·ries.
  1. land, or a piece of land, where turf or peat may be dug or cut.
  2. 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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turbary

noun plural -ries
  1. land where peat or turf is cut or has been cut
  2. Also called: common of turbary (in England) the legal right to cut peat for fuel on a common

Word Origin for turbary

C14: from Old French turbarie, from Medieval Latin turbāria, from turba peat, turf
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