hearth money
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]


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  • Hearth money — Hearth Hearth (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearth-money — hearthˈ money, hearthˈ penny or hearthˈ tax noun (historical) A tax on hearths • • • Main Entry: ↑hearth …   Useful english dictionary

  • hearth money — chimney money, or hearth money A tax levied in England by St. 14 Car. II, c. 10, consisting of two shillings on every hearth or stove in the kingdom. It was extremely unpopular, and was abolished by 1 W. & M., St. 1, c. 10. This tax was otherwise …   Black's law dictionary

  • hearth money — chimney money, or hearth money A tax levied in England by St. 14 Car. II, c. 10, consisting of two shillings on every hearth or stove in the kingdom. It was extremely unpopular, and was abolished by 1 W. & M., St. 1, c. 10. This tax was otherwise …   Black's law dictionary

  • hearth money — noun an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see • Syn: ↑Peter s pence • Hypernyms: ↑offering * * * noun 1. : peter s pence 2. : a 17th century English tax of two shillings o …   Useful english dictionary

  • hearth money — A duty or tax laid by the king upon the hearth of every dwelling; abolished in 1688 by the statute 1 W. & M., st. 1, c. 10. See 1 Bl Comm 324 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • hearth money — annual voluntary contribution that Roman Catholics give toward the expenses of the papal, Peter s pence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Hearth — (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a chimney, on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hearth ends — Hearth Hearth (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hearth penny — Hearth Hearth (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[ a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha[ u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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