In original common law criminal law, dismemberment
Updated legal definition
From California penal code section 203:
- Every person who unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables, disfigures, or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ear, or lip, is guilty of mayhem.
This is plausible, but I'm unfortunately unable find a reference for it. Wikipedia's article seems to have been set up to push users to Wiktionary because Wikipedia didn't have a reference, either. - -sche (discuss) 16:40, 27 November 2012 (UTC)