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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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(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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wap•en•take(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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