healsfang

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

healsfang (plural healsfangs or healsfang)

  1. (historical) In Anglo-Saxon law, a fine or mulct of uncertain character.

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From heals (neck) +‎ fang (seizure).

Noun[edit]

healsfang n

  1. A fine prescribed in substitution for capital and other punishments, preferential share of the wergeld.

Declension[edit]