1) A piece of property found ownerless, especially an animal that had strayed. If unclaimed within a fixed period, and after due notice given, it fell to the lord of the manor.
1612 All my wayf goods in the back garthe, Brandsby
1687 a waife swarme of bees, Heptonstall. More often linked with ‘stray’: c.1546 a parcel of commen grounde belonging to the towne of Cropton to wave and strey and not to drive catall thereunto nor to stafe hirde ... comen to all neighbours.