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n, pl -dies
1. (Historical Terms) (originally) the right of a lord to receive free quarters from his vassal
2. (Historical Terms) an allowance for maintenance
[C15: from Medieval Latin corrōdium something provided, from Old French corroyer to provide, of Germanic origin]
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or cor•ro•dy(ˈkɔr ə di, ˈkɒr-)
n., pl. -dies.
1. a right in old English law to receive maintenance, esp. the right of a benefactor to receive housing, food, etc., from a religious house.
2. the housing, food, etc., so received.
[1375–1425; late Middle English corrodie < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin corrōdium outfit, provision, variant of conrēdium < Vulgar Latin *conrēd(āre) to outfit, provide with (con- con- + *-rēdāre < Germanic; compare Old English rædan to equip, provide for, ready) + Latin -ium -ium1]
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