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verbEnglish Regional, Scottish
1Specifically. To enclose or pen (an animal or bird); to impound (livestock). Now English regional (rare).
2with object Scottish Law. To distrain; to seize and sell (an asset). Also without object. Compare "poind". Now rare.
Old English (in an earlier sense). From the same Old English base as pound, with i-mutation caused by the verb-forming suffix in Old English. Compare Old Frisian penda to block, obstruct, and Old Icelandic pynda to extort, compel by force (although this is probably from Old English).
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