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Belonging or relating to the spoils of war.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From classical Latin manubiālis obtained from the sale of booty (one attestation, in Suetonius) from manubiae the general's share of booty or the money obtained from its sale, prize-money + -ālis. The English word may be directly from classical Latin manubiae + -al.
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