A right of the lord of a manor to the best jewel, beast, or
chattel of a deceased copyhold tenant. The word is compounded of the
Saxon here (army), geatu (grant), because originally it
was military furniture, such as armour, arms, and horses paid to the
lord of the fee. (Canute, c. 69.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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