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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Heriot \Her"i*ot\, n. [AS. heregeatu military equipment, heriot; here army + geatwe, pl., arms, equipments.] (Eng. Law) Formerly, a payment or tribute of arms or military accouterments, or the best beast, or chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant; in modern use, a customary tribute of goods or chattels to the lord of the fee, paid on the decease of a tenant. --Blackstone. Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Heriot custom, a heriot depending on usage. Heriot service (Law), a heriot due by reservation in a grant or lease of lands. --Spelman. Blackstone. [1913 Webster]