One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural turbariesmass nounBritish
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.’
- ‘The profit of turbary is the right to cut turf or peat, usually in order to burn it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Typical rights might include turbary or grazing rights.’
- 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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