1. The act or offense of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying the tickets or coverts of a forest.

2. A piece of land cleared of trees and bushes, and fitted for cultivation; a clearing. Assart land, forest land cleared of woods and brush.

Origin: OF. Essart the grubbing up of trees, fr. Essarter to grub up or clear ground of bushes, shrubs, trees, etc, fr. LL. Exartum, exartare, for exsaritare; L. Ex + sarire, sarrire, saritum, to hoe, weed.

To grub up, as trees; to commit an assart upon; as, to assart land or trees.

(01 Mar 1998)

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