Forest land cleared, and converted to tillage; an assart.

Thwaite occurs in composition as the last element in many names of places in the north of England; as, in Rosthwaite, Stonethwaite.

Origin: CF. Icel. Veit a piece of land, fr. Vita to cut. See Thwite, and cf. Doit, and Twaite land cleared of woods.

<zoology> The twaite.

(01 Mar 1998)

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