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    Span. A water ditch or artificial canal, and particularly one used for purposes of irrigation. See Pico v. Oolimas, 32 Cal. 57a
    Span. A water, commission­er or superintendent, or supervisor of an irrigation system. See Pico v. Colimas, 32 Cal. 57a
    This word is commonly taken in a bad sense, as denoting a separatist from the Church of England, or a fanatic. Brown.
    An untechnical term denoting a witness, on the trial of a cause, who manifests a partiality for the side calling him, and an eager readiness to tell anything which he thinks may be of advantage to that side.
  • ZEIR
    Sc. Year. "Zeir and day." Bell.
    In Hindu law. Landkeeper. An officer who under the Mohammedan government was charged with the financial superintendence of the lands of a district, the protection of the cultivators, and the realization of the government's share of its produce, either in money or kind. Wharton.
    Proceeding by inquiry. Enc. Lond.
    Rogues and vag­abonds in the middle ages; from Zigi, now Circassla.
    A union of German states for uniformity of customs, established in 1819. It continued until the unification of the German empire, Including Prussia, Saxony, Bavaria, Wurtemberg, Baden, Hesse-Cassel, Brunswick, and Mecklenburg-Strelltz, and all Intermediate principalities. It has now been superseded by the German empire;, and the federal council of the More...
    In the civil law. A measure or quantity of land Nov. 17, c 8. As much land as a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. Calvin.
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