Origin: ME < OE wapentac < ON vapnatak, lit., a weapon-taking (< vapn, weapon + tak, a taking, commandeering < taka, to take): prob. used territorially from ceremony in which vassals touched the raised spear of the lord with their own as token of submission
See wapentake in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English wǽpengetǽc (translation of Old Norse vāpnatak, act of taking weapons to indicate assent in an assembly)
Origin: : wǽpen, weapon
Origin: + -getǽc, act of taking (from tacan, to take; see take).
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