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turbary Line breaks: tur|bary
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːb(ə)ri/

Definition of turbary in English:

noun (plural turbaries)

(in full common of turbary) [mass noun] British
1The legal right to cut turf or peat for fuel on common ground or on another person’s ground.
Example sentences
  • The profit of turbary is the right to cut turf or peat, usually in order to burn it.
  • Many bog owners and people with turbary rights cut turf on an acre plot.
  • Typical rights might include turbary or grazing rights.
1.1 [count noun] A place where turf or peat is dug or cut under the right of turbary.
Example sentences
  • The peat produced in these turbaries was sometimes used within the manor or priory, but a large proportion was sold.
  • Turf banks and turbaries are held under all sorts of conditions.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French turberie, from Old French tourbe 'turf'.

Words that rhyme with turbary

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