The right or privilege of a tenant to take wood from a landlord's estate for the upkeep of a house; (also) the rent paid for this privilege; (the clearing or taking of) wood for this purpose. Compare "haybote", firebote .
In early use frequently in Latin contexts.
Old English. From house + boot. Compare Middle Low German hūsbōte, Old Icelandic (in late sources) húsbót.