One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A portion or share; specifically a part of an estate allotted to a coparcener.
Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. From Anglo-Norman pourpartie, purpartie, purpartye and Old French (Normandy) porpartie share, portion, part of an estate allotted to a coparcener from por-, pour-, pur- + partie, partye division, part. Compare post-classical Latin propartia, purpartia.
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