One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A duty payable on the cargo of a ship.
Late Middle English. Partly from post-classical Latin mesuragium act of measuring, measurement, measurage, fee for use of a measuring instrument, and partly from Anglo-Norman mesurage imposed charge reckoned by a measured amount, and Middle French mesurage action of measuring, also charge payable to the measurer of wheat and other grains from mesurer or mesure + -age.
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