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 (wŏp′ən-tāk′, wăp′-)
A historical subdivision of some northern counties in England, corresponding roughly to the hundred in other shires.

[Middle English, from Old English wæpengetæc (translation of Old Norse vāpnatak, act of taking weapons to indicate assent in an assembly) : wæpen, weapon + -getæc, act of taking (from tacan, to take; see take).]
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(ˈwɒpənˌteɪk; ˈwæp-)
(Historical Terms) 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
[Old English wǣpen(ge)tæc, from Old Norse vāpnatak, from vápn weapon + tak take]
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(ˈwɒp ənˌteɪk, ˈwæp-)

(formerly, in N England and the Midlands) a subdivision of a shire or county corresponding to the historical hundred of other counties.
[before 1000; Middle English < Old Norse vāpnatak (compare Old English wǣpen-getæc) show of weapons at public voting =vāpna (genitive pl. of vāpn weapon) + tak taking; see take]
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"I am a man of the north country, from the town of Beverley and the wapentake of Holderness," he answered.
That can be traced to families living in the area known as Fartown which is separated from Huddersfield by a brook that was formerly an important boundary between the wapentakes of Morley and Agbrigg.
Each riding was divided into wapentakes, equivalent to the hundreds in the southern counties.