E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rape (1 syl.).
The division of a county. Sussex is divided into six rapes, each of which has its river, forest, and castle. Herepp is Norwegian for a parish district, and rape in Doomsday Book is used for a district under military jurisdiction. (Icelandic hreppr, a district.)