One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The legal right to cut turf or peat for fuel on common ground or on another person's ground.
- ‘Many bog owners and people with turbary rights cut turf on an acre plot.’
- ‘Typical rights might include turbary or grazing rights.’
- ‘Public notices also warned against the letting of gardens or turbary to the police.’
- ‘People with turbary rights can sell peat at 85% of these prices.’
- ‘The profit of turbary is the right to cut turf or peat, usually in order to burn it.’
- 1.1count noun A place where turf or peat is dug or cut under the right of turbary.
- ‘The peat produced in these turbaries was sometimes used within the manor or priory, but a large proportion was sold.’
- ‘Turf banks and turbaries are held under all sorts of conditions.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French turberie, from Old French tourbe ‘turf’.
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