From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bote \Bote\, n. [Old form of boot; -- used in composition. See
   1st Boot.] (Law)
   (a) Compensation; amends; satisfaction; expiation; as, man
       bote, a compensation or a man slain.
   (b) Payment of any kind. --Bouvier.
   (c) A privilege or allowance of necessaries.
       [1913 Webster]

   Note: This word is still used in composition as equivalent to
         the French estovers, supplies, necessaries; as,
         housebote, a sufficiency of wood to repair a house, or
         for fuel, sometimes called firebote; so plowbote,
         cartbote, wood for making or repairing instruments of
         husbandry; haybote or hedgebote, wood for hedges,
         fences, etc. These were privileges enjoyed by tenants
         under the feudal system. --Burrill. --Bouvier.
         [1913 Webster]
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