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KERF

The jagged end of a stick of wood made by the cutting. Pub. St. Mass. 1S82, p. 1292.

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KINDRED

Relatives by blood. “Kindred of the whole blood, preferred to kindred of the half blood.” 4 Kent, Comm. 404, notes. See Butler v. Elytou Land Co., 84 Ala. 384, 4 South. 675; Farr v. Flood, 11 Gush. (Mass.) 25; Brookfield v. Allen, 6 Allen (Mass.) 586; Wetter v. Walker, 62 Ga. 144

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KIRK

In Scotch law. A church; the church; the established church of Scotland.

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KORAN

The Mohammedan book of faith. It contains both ecclesiastical and secular laws.

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KABL

In Saxon and old English law A man; a serving man. Buskarl, a seaman. Huskarl, a house servant. Spelman.

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KERHERE

A customary cart-way; also a commutation for a customary carriage- duty. Cowell.

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KING

The sovereign, ruler, or chief executive magistrate of a state or nation whose constitution is of the kind called “monarchical” is thus named if a man; if it be a woman, she is called “queen.” The word expresses the idea of one who rules singly over a whole people or has the highest executive power; but the office may be either hereditary or elective, and the sovereignty of the king may or may not be absolute, according to the constitution of the country.

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KISSING THE BOOK

The ceremony of touching the lips to a copy of the Bible, used in administering oaths. It is the external symbol of the witness’ acknowledgment of the obligation of the oath.

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KUT-KUBAEA

In Hindu law. A mortgage-deed or deed of conditional sale, being one of the customary deeds or instruments of security in India as declared by regulation of 1800, which regulates the legal proceedings to be taken to enforce such a security. It is also called “JJycliil-Wuffa.” Wharton.

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