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From Old English mǣgbōt (compensation paid to the kinsman of a murdered man), mæg +‎ bot; Compare manbote.


magbote (plural magbotes or magboten)

  1. Compensation for the injury done by slaying a kinsman.
    Magbote or Mægbote, a Recompence anciently made in Money for the killing of one's Kinsman. — Phillips's New World of Words (ed. 6), 1706


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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for magbote in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)