tales (tālz, tālēz)
n. pl. tales
a. A talesman.
b. A group of talesmen.
2. The writ allowing for a summons of jurors.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin tālēs dē circumstantibus, such (persons) from those standing about (a phrase used in the writ), from Latin, pl. of tālis, such; see to- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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