plural noun(usually common/right of estovers) British , chiefly historical
- The profit of estovers is the right to take wood for use as fuel or for domestic or agricultural purposes.
- The only right not abolished was the right of estovers - the right to collect dead wood.
- In High Wood the ancient tenants had common of estovers, for which each paid annually with a hen or one shilling in lieu.
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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