Trib"u*ter (?), n. Mining
One who works for a certain portion of the ore, or its value.
⇒ Tributers generally work in gangs, and have a limited portion of a lode set them, called a tribute pitch, beyond which they are not permitted to work, and for which they receive a certain portion of the ore, or so much per pound, as agreed upon, of the value of what they raise.
© Webster 1913.