Healsfang meaning

(historical) In Anglo-Saxon law, a fine or mulct of uncertain character.
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Origin of healsfang

  • From Old English healsfang (“fine prescribed in substitution for capital and other punishments”, literally “neck-taking", or "taking by the neck”), equivalent to halse +‎ fang. Cognate with Icelandic hálsfang (“embracing”).
    From Wiktionary