A tenant in India who pays a usufruct for his occupation. The
Scripture parable of the husbandmen refers to such a tenure; the lord
sent for his rent, which was not money but iruits, and the husbandmen
stoned those who were sent, refusing to pay their “lord.” Ryots have an
hereditary and perpetual right of occupancy so long as they pay the
usufruct, but if they refuse or neglect payment may be turned away.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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