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Related to borough-English: gavelkind, tanistry
An old custom in certain English boroughs whereby the right to inherit an estate intestate went to the youngest son or, in default of male issue, to the youngest brother.
[Partial translation of Anglo-Norman tenure en burgh Engloys, tenure in an English borough; see borough.]
[C14: from Anglo-French tenure en burgh Engloys tenure in an English borough; so called because the custom was unknown in France]