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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Danegeld  \Dane"geld`\,  Danegelt  \Dane"gelt`\,  n.  [AS.  danegeld. 
  See  {Dane},  and  {Geld},  n.]  (Eng.  Hist.) 
  An  annual  tax  formerly  laid  on  the  English  nation  to  buy  off 
  the  ravages  of  Danish  invaders,  or  to  maintain  forces  to 
  oppose  them  It  afterward  became  a  permanent  tax,  raised  by 
  an  assessment,  at  first  of  one  shilling,  afterward  of  two 
  shillings,  upon  every  hide  of  land  throughout  the  realm. 
  --Wharton's  Law  Dict.  Tomlins