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wapentake

[ wop-uhn-teyk, wap- ]
/ ˈwɒp ənˌteɪk, ˈwæp- /
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noun

(formerly in N England and the Midlands) a subdivision of a shire or county corresponding to a hundred.

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Origin of wapentake

before 1000; Middle English <Old Norse vāpnatak (compare Old English wǣpen-getæc) show of weapons at public voting, equivalent to vāpna (genitive plural of vāpnweapon) + tak taking; see take

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wapentake
/ (ˈwɒpənˌteɪk, ˈwæp-) /

noun

English legal history a subdivision of certain shires or counties, esp in the Midlands and North of England, corresponding to the hundred in other shires

Word Origin for wapentake

Old English wǣpen (ge) tæc, from Old Norse vāpnatak, from vápn weapon + tak take
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