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WOLF’S HEAD Definition & Legal Meaning

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In old English law. This term was used as descriptive of the conditionof an outlaw. Such persons were said to carry a wolf’s head, (caput lupinum;) for ifcaught alive they were to be brought to the king, and If they defended themselves theymight be slain and their heads carried to the king, for they were no more to be accountedof than wolves. Termes de la Ley, “Woolferthfod.”


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