1) A word of French origin, used in legal and manorial contexts for green vegetation in a wood or forest.

Typically, tenants were fined for helping themselves to such wood without permission: 1339 ‘for vert in Horbirylighes: Thomas Iveson 6d, John Baret 6d, Robert Iveson 2d’. On the other hand, wood of various kinds could be taken legally: 1251 ‘they had green and dead wood for husbote and dry wood without livery’, Pickering.

places Pickering
dates 1251 1339

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