abigeat (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Theft of cattle by driving it away with the intention of feloniously appropriating it.
    • 1676 [published 1848], John Lauder, Historical Notices of Scotish Affairs, T. Constable, vol 1., page 101 ↗:
      But the driving away of goods, or taking away, and detaining, another mans boat, without violence, by the number of 10 preſent, is a wrong, unwarrantable, and oppreſſive act, and a ſort of abigeat and thift, but is not properly a ryot […]
  • (theft of cattle) cattle-rustling

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