cor-snǣd

cor-snǣd, f.n: A choice or trial piece; a sort of ordeal in which the person accused had an ounce of bread or cheese placed in his mouth. If he ate it freely and without harm, he was considered innocent; if he could not swallow it or had difficulty doing so, he was guilty. The Eucharist was used instead for this purpose in Christian times. (“kor-snad”)

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