The right of taking a profit in the land of another, in common either with the owner or with other persons; so called from the community of interest which arises between the claimant of the right and the owner of the soil, or between the claimants and other commoners entitled to the same right.
From Middle English comun, from Anglo-Norman comun, from Old French comun (rare in the Gallo-Romance languages, but reinforced as a Carolingian calque of Proto-West Germanic *gamainī ("common") in Old French), from Latin commūnis ("common, public, general"), from Proto-Indo-European, from Proto-Indo-European *mey- ("to exchange, change"). Displaced native Middle English imene, ȝemǣne (from Old English ġemǣne ("common, universal")), Middle English mene, mǣne (also from Old English ġemǣne ("common, universal")), Middle English samen, somen (from Old English samen ("together")). gmina.
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