assart


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assart

(əˈsɑːt)
n
an area of land that has had trees and undergrowth removed and the ground broken up in preparation for cultivationthe process of preparing land for cultivation by removing trees and undergrowth and breaking up the ground
vb
to remove trees and undergrowth and break up (the ground) to prepare land for cultivation
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Assart of the forest, rights of agistment, rights of pannage, estovers of fire, house, cart or hedge, rush, fern, gorze and sedge rights, rights to searwood, to windfalls, to dotards, rights of lops and tops--in all, the overlapping vocabulary of natural and social relations recall a forgotten world, easily romanticized by those first criticizing the simplicities of meum et tuum.
Partially under their influence, the free assart and clearing of the forest was subjected to state supervision in order to prevent the further depredation of the woods.
The jury prize was awarded equally to Thai movie "Wonderful Town" by Aditya Assart and Malaysian film "Flower in the Pocket" by Seng Tat Liew.
In the Weald -- whether the land lay in Kent, Surrey, or Sussex -- inhabitants frequently held by assart tenure and lived in isolated farms or scattered hamlets.
In the Weald, for example, customary tenants frequently held parcels of enclosed land or small crofts at low assart rents, whereas in downland manors tenants held strips scattered in open fields and were either burdened with labour services or heavy, commuted money rents.