One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Ireland: an area of land belonging to a church or monastery within which a person was immune from secular taxation; (more generally) all the lands owned by a particular church or religious house.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in State Papers Henry VIII. From Irish tearmann, † tearmonn lands of a church or monastery within which there was right of sanctuary (Early Irish termann) from classical Latin terminus limit, bound, in post-classical Latin also territory.
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