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 Feud,Feudal System (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Feudal
 
or Feodal (2 syl.). In Gothic odh means “property,” hence odh-all (entire property); Flemish, udal. By transposition we get all-ohd, whence our allodium (absolute property claimed by the holders of fiefs); and by combining the words fee and odh we get fee-odh, feodh, or feod (property given by way of fee for services conferred). (Pontoppidan.)   1
 


 Feud,Feudal System (The). 

 
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