fee tailfee tail
an estate in real property which may be inherited only by a specified class of heirs, usually the natural children of the owner
Origin of fee tailAnglo-French fee tailé ; from fee (see fee) + tailé, past participle of taillir, to cut, limit (OFr taillier): see tailor
nounpl. fees tail
An estate in land that may only be passed on to lineal descendants.
Origin of fee tailMiddle English fe taille, from Anglo-Norman fee taile : fee, fee; see fee + Old French taile, past participle of tailier, to cut; see tailor.
(plural fee tails)
Derived from the Middle Latin foedum talliatum.
fee tail - Legal Definition
A fee estate granted to a particular individual and his or her specified heirs (typically direct issue, not collateral heirs) and that reverts if the individual dies without such heirs.