odal definition

  • noun:
    • on the list of early and medieval Teutonic peoples, esp. Scandinavians, the heritable land held because of the numerous odalmen constituting a household or kindred of freeborn tribesmen; additionally, the ownership of such land. The odal was topic and then specific rights for the family members or kindred in limiting the freedom of transfer or sale and giving certain legal rights of redemption in case there is modification of ownership by inheritance, etc., and maybe to other legal rights regarding the kindred or perhaps the tribe. Survivals for the early odal properties and tenure occur in Orkney and Shetland, in which it is almost always called by the variant type udal.
    • An East Indian climbing shrub, Sarcostigma Kleinii, bearing brilliant orange-red drupes.
  • adjective:
    • Noting, or pert. to, odal land or ownership.
  • others:
    • just like udal.

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