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healsfang

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English healsfang (fine prescribed in substitution for capital and other punishments, literally neck-taking", or "taking by the neck), equivalent to halse +‎ fang. Cognate with Icelandic hálsfang (embracing).

NounEdit

healsfang (plural healsfangs or healsfang)

  1. (historical) In Anglo-Saxon law, a fine or mulct of uncertain character.

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From heals (neck) +‎ fang (seizure).

NounEdit

healsfang n

  1. A fine prescribed in substitution for capital and other punishments, preferential share of the wergeld.

DeclensionEdit