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homestead, noun

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Also with initial capital.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Special sense of general English homestead dwelling, farm-stead.
1. obsolete. Law. In the noun phrase homestead law, see quotation.
1876 F. Boyle Savage Life 2The curious law called ‘Homestead’ enacted that each farm occupied should be circular, and should enclose three thousand morgen, about six thousand acres, around the farm house, which must always be the central point. The object of this law was to prevent..the assembly of men together in towns or villages.
2. kraal noun sense 2 a. Also attributive.
1970 H. Kuper Witch in my Heart p.xiiDescribing the ideal homestead, informants say, ‘There should always be a headman with his mother, his wives and his children.’
1990 Sunday Times 17 June 26Willie Mtolo cools off at his homestead in the Drakensberg foothills after a long, thirsty day.
see quotation.
kraalnoun2 a. Also attributive.

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