Es"cu*age (?; 48), n. [OF. escuage, F. 'ecuage, from OF. escu shield, F. 'ecu. See Esquire.] Feud.Law
Service of the shield, a species of knight service by which a tenant was bound to follow his lord to war, at his own charge. It was afterward exchanged for a pecuniary satisfaction. Called also scutage.
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