From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obeisance \O*bei"sance\, n. [F. ob['e]issance obedience, fr.
   ob['e]issant. See Obey, and cf. Obedience, Abaisance.]
   1. Obedience. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   2. Deference or homage, or an expression of deference or
      respect; a bow; a curtsy.
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            Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance unto the king. --1
                                                  Kings i. 16.
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