1) In rolls which detailed forest or manorial offences this term was used in conjunction with its opposite, that is ‘vert’ or green wood.
1593 do not fetche … anie hedgewood, drie or grene, but of their owne, Dewsbury. In Pickering Forest, dry wood referred to branches that had fallen from trees: 1619-21 a yearlie profite to arise to the lorde by the sale of drye and fallen woode. The term had a much longer history but is in Latin in the earliest documents: 1251 ‘they had … dry wood without livery for burning’, Pickering. In the latter document it was later described as siccum per terram jacentem
that is dry wood lying on the ground.