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Feme vs Xeme - What's the difference?

feme | xeme |

As nouns the difference between feme and xeme

is that feme is (a mediaeval juridical institution) while xeme is sabine's gull (xema sabini ).




(en noun)
  • (legal, historical) A woman.
  • * 1825 , Westminster Hall: Or, Professional Relics and Anecdotes of the Bar, Bench and Woolsack , Henry Roscoe and Thomas Roscoe
    There are some curious decisions in the old books regarding this point of law, with which it may be useful to be acquainted. In Br. Ab. Tresp.'' 40, it is said that a man may aid a feme''' who falls upon the ground from a horse, and so if she be sick, and the same if her baron would murder her. And the same ''per Rede'' if the '''feme''' would kill herself. And ''per Fineux'' a man may conduct a '''feme''' on a pilgrimage. So where a '''feme''' is going to market, it is lawful for another to suffer her to ride behind him on his horse to market. (''Br. Ab. Tresp.'' 207.) And if a '''feme''' says that she is in jeopardy of her life by her baron, and prays him (a stranger) to carry her to a justice of the peace, he may lawfully do it. (''Br. Ab. Tresp.'' 207.) But where any '''feme is out of the way, it is not lawful for a man to take her to his house, if she was not in danger of being lost in the night, or being drowned with water. (''Br. Ab. Tresp. 213.)

    Derived terms

    * feme covert * feme sole


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    (en noun)
  • Sabine's gull (Xema sabini )