-raaden
Heemraad Heem"raad`, n.; pl. {-raaden}. [Sometimes, incorrectly, {Heemraat} or even {Heemrad}.] [D. heem village + raad council, councilor.] In Holland, and, until the 19th century, also in Cape Colony, a council to assist a local magistrate in the government of rural districts; hence, also, a member of such a council. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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