alfet


alfet
/aelfat/ A cauldron into which boiling water was poured, in which a criminal plunged his arm up to the elbow, and there held it for some time, as an ordeal

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Alfet — Al fet, n. [LL. alfetum, fr. AS. [=a]lf[ae]t a pot to boil in; [=a]l burning + f[ae]t vat.] A caldron of boiling water into which an accused person plunged his forearm as a test of innocence or guilt. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alfet — An alfet (Old English: ālfæt, fire vat ) was an ancient cauldron filled with boiling water, into which an accused person was to plunge his arm up to his elbow. The arm and hand were then bound and left for three days. If the wound was found to… …   Wikipedia

  • alfet — A container for hot water used in the ordeal by water …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • alfet — …   Useful english dictionary

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