E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
or Feodal (2 syl.). In Gothic odh means property, hence odh-all (entire property); Flemish, udal. By transposition we get all-ohd, whence our allodium (absolute property claimed by the holders of fiefs); and by combining the words fee and odh we get fee-odh, feodh, or feod (property given by way of fee for services conferred). (Pontoppidan.)