healsfang

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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