battels


battels
/ˈbætəlz/ (say 'batuhlz)

plural noun British
(at Oxford University) the account of a member of a college for living expenses incurred.
{? from obsolete battle to feed, fatten, of unknown origin}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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