Definition of housebote in US English:

housebote

(also houseboot)

noun

Law
historical
  • The right or privilege of a tenant to take wood from a landlord's estate for the upkeep of a house; (also) the rent paid for this privilege; (the clearing or taking of) wood for this purpose.

Origin

Old English. From house + boot. Compare Middle Low German hūsbōte, Old Icelandic (in late sources) húsbót.

Pronunciation

housebote

/ˈhaʊsbuːt/