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swain +‎ mote. Compare Latin swanimotum.


swainmote ‎(plural swainmotes)

  1. (Britain, law, obsolete) A court held before the verders of the forest as judges, by the steward of the court, three times a year, the swains or freeholders of the forest composing the jury.
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