besaiel

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Etymology[edit]

Old French beseel, French bisaïeul, from Latin bis (twice) + Late Latin avolus, diminutive of Latin avus (grandfather).

Noun[edit]

besaiel (plural besaiels)

  1. (obsolete) A great-grandfather.
  2. (law, obsolete) A kind of writ which formerly lay where a great-grandfather died seized of lands in fee simple, and on the day of his death a stranger abated or entered and kept the heir out.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.