gavelkind definition by Webster's New World
- the property of a man dying intestate was divided equally among his sons
- the tenant could dispose of his land by feoffment at the age of fifteen
- the land did not escheat upon the conviction of the tenant as a felon
Origin: Middle English gavelkynde (orig. Kentish) ; from gavel, tribute, tax, rent (; from Old English gafol ; from base of giefan: see give) plush kynde, kind
gavelkind definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English gavelkinde : Old English gafol, gavel; see gavel2 + Old English gecynd, kind; see kind2.