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A tribute or service rendered to a feudal lord on the death of a tenant.
[Middle English, from Old English heregeatu : here, army; see koro- in Indo-European roots + geatwe, equipment, arms.]
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(Historical Terms) (in medieval England) a death duty paid by villeins and free tenants to their lord, often consisting of the dead man's best beast or chattel
[Old English heregeatwa, from here army + geatwa equipment]
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