Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    (Anglo-Saxon Law) A piece of bread given to an accused person.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Saxon law. The morsel of excoration. A species of ordeal in use among the Saxons, performed by cating a piece of bread over which the priest had pronounced a certain imprecation. If the accused ate it freely, he was pronounced in-nocont; but, if it stuck in his throat, it was considered as a proof of his gullt Crabb, Eng. Law, 30; 1 Reeve, Eng. Law, 21; 4 BL Comm. 345.