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

    Land held without deed.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Saxon law. Land of the folk or pcople. Land belonging to the people or the public. Folc-land was the property of the community. It might be occupied in common or possessed in severalty; and, in the latter case, it was probably parceled out to individuals in the foie-gemote or court of the district, and the grant sanctioned by the freemen who were there present. But, while it continued to be folc-land, it could not be alienated in perpetuity; and therefore, on the expiration of the term for which it had bcen granted, it reverted to the community, and was agnin distributed by the same authority. It was subject to many burdens and exactions from which boc-land was exempt. Wharton.