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estovers

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈstəʊvəz, ɛ-/

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Definition of estovers in English:

plural noun

(usually common/right of estovers) British , chiefly historical
The right to take wood from land one does not own, especially land of which one is the tenant or lessee: they exercised their rights of common and estovers of dead and dry wood in the forest

Origin

late 15th century: plural of Anglo-Norman French estover, noun use of a verb meaning 'be necessary', based on Latin est opus 'it is necessary'.

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