Peter pence
Peter Pe"ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster]

{Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers.

{Peter Funk}, the auctioneer in a mock auction. [Cant, U.S.]

{Peter pence}, or {Peter's pence}. (a) An annual tax or tribute, formerly paid by the English people to the pope, being a penny for every house, payable on Lammas or St.Peter's day; -- called also {Rome scot}, and {hearth money}. (b) In modern times, a voluntary contribution made by Roman Catholics to the private purse of the pope.

{Peter's fish} (Zo["o]l.), a haddock; -- so called because the black spots, one on each side, behind the gills, are traditionally said to have been caused by the fingers of St. Peter, when he caught the fish to pay the tribute. The name is applied, also, to other fishes having similar spots. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Peter-pence — or Peter s pence An ancient levy or tax of a penny on each house throughout England, paid to the Pope. It was called Peter pence, because collected on the day of St. Peter, ad vincula; by the Saxons it was called Romefeoh, Romescot, and Rome… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Peter pence — Peter s pence or Peter pence, 1. a tax of one penny from every householder in England (and certain countries of Europe) having land of a certain value, paid annually before the Reformation to the papal see. 2. a voluntary contribution to the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • peter-pence — n. Rome scot, Peter s pence …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Peter's pence — Peter pence or Peter s pence An ancient levy or tax of a penny on each house throughout England, paid to the Pope. It was called Peter pence, because collected on the day of St. Peter, ad vincula; by the Saxons it was called Romefeoh, Romescot,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Peter's pence — Peter Pe ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster] {Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers. {Peter Funk}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peter — Pe ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster] {Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers. {Peter Funk}, the auctioneer… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peter boat — Peter Pe ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster] {Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers. {Peter Funk}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peter Funk — Peter Pe ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster] {Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers. {Peter Funk}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peter's fish — Peter Pe ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster] {Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers. {Peter Funk}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peter's pence — n. 1. an annual tax, orig. of one penny, paid to the papal see by certain English property owners before the Reformation 2. an annual voluntary donation made by Catholics everywhere to the papal see: Also Peter pence …   English World dictionary

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