Feudal

or Feodal (2 syl.) In Gothic odh means “property,” hence odh-all (entire property); Flemish, udal. By transposition we get all-ohd, whence our allodium (absolute property claimed by the holders of fiefs); and by combining the words fee and odh we get fee-odh, feodh, or feod (property given by way of fee for services conferred). (Pontoppidan.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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