warren


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Warren \War"ren\ (w[o^]r"r[e^]n), n. [OF. waresne, warenne,
   garene, F. garenne, from OF. warer, garer, to beware, to take
   care; of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. war[=o]n (in comp.), OS.
   war[=o]n to take care, to observe, akin to E. wary.
   [root]142. See Wary.]
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   1. (Eng Law)
      (a) A place privileged, by prescription or grant the king,
          for keeping certain animals (as hares, conies,
          partridges, pheasants, etc.) called beasts and fowls
          of warren. --Burrill.
      (b) A privilege which one has in his lands, by royal grant
          or prescription, of hunting and taking wild beasts and
          birds of warren, to the exclusion of any other person
          not entering by his permission. --Spelman.
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                They wend both warren and in waste. --Piers
                                                  Plowman.
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   Note: The warren is the next franchise in degree to the park;
         and a forest, which is the highest in dignity,
         comprehends a chase, a park, and a free warren.
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   2. A piece of ground for the breeding of rabbits.
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   3. A place for keeping flash, in a river.
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