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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gavelkind \Gav"el*kind`\, n. [OE. gavelkynde, gavelkende. See Gavel tribute, and Kind, n.] (O. Eng. Law) A tenure by which land descended from the father to all his sons in equal portions, and the land of a brother, dying without issue, descended equally to his brothers. It still prevails in the county of Kent. --Cowell. [1913 Webster]