squattage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

squat +‎ -age

Noun[edit]

squattage (plural squattages)

  1. (Australia, historical) A holding occupied by a squatter (senses 2 and 3)
    • 1894, Ivan Dexter, Talmud: A Strange Narrative of Central Australia, published in serial form in Port Adelaide News and Lefevre's Peninsula Advertiser (SA), Chapter XXXI, [1]
      When this was done Strangway and one of the men rode over to Coglin station to send a telegram to Mills that all was well and a good squattage had been secured.
    • 1918, Timothy Augustine Coghlan, Labour and Industry in Australia: From the First Settlement in 1788 to the Establishment of the Commonwealth in 1901, Oxford University Press, p. 387, [2]
      Many persons held squatting licences who did not live on the squattage, but carried on some occupation elsewhere, the run being left in the care of an overseer.