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medkniche (uncountable)

  1. (historical) In medieval England, the amount of hay which could be lifted by the little finger up to the knee. This was a form of payment for haywards.
    • 1937, H. S. Bennett, Life on the English Manor: A Study of Peasant Conditions 1150-1400:
      On other manors the serfs had the right to medkniche when they mowed the lord's meadow. This was as much hay as the hayward could lift with his little finger as high as his knees.