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

    A fork; a gallows.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old English law. A fork. A gallows or gibbet. Bract fol. 56.
    —Furca et flagellum. Gallows and whip. Tenure ad fwrcam et flagellum, tenure by gallows and whip. The meanest of servile tenures, where the bondman was at the disposal of his lord for life and limb. Cowell.
    —Furca et fossa. Gallows and pit, or pit and gallows. A term used' in ancient charters to signify a jurisdiction of punishing thieves, viz., men by hanging, women by drowning. Spelman; Cowell.