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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fiscfɪsk(n.)

  1. a royal or state treasury; exchequer.

Origin of fisc:

1590–1600; < MF < L fiscus treasury, moneybag, lit., basket, bag

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fisc(noun)

    a state treasury or exchequer or a royal treasury; originally the public treasury of Rome or the emperor's private purse

Wiktionary

  1. fisc(Noun)

    The public treasury of ancient Rome.

  2. fisc(Noun)

    Any state treasury or exchequer.

  3. Origin: From fiskaz, from pisḱ-. Germanic cognates include Old Frisian fisk, Old Saxon fisc (Dutch vis), Old High German fisc (German Fisch), Old Norse fiskr (Swedish fisk), Gothic 034603390343033A0343. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin piscis, Russian пискарь, Irish iasc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fisc(noun)

    a public or state treasury

Freebase

  1. Fisc

    Under the Merovingians and Carolingians, the fisc applied to the royal demesne which paid taxes, entirely in kind, from which the royal household was meant to be supported, though it rarely was. Though their personal territory was at first enormous, the Merovingian kings, faced with stiff resistance to taxation from their Frankish and Gallo-Roman subjects and ill-served by their illiterate peers, relied on constant conquests to renew the fisc which they were in the habit of granting away to ensure continued fidelity among their followers. Once fresh Frankish conquests were no longer forthcoming, constant redivision of the "fisc" among heirs reduced Merovingian kingship to a cluster of competitive kinglets subsisting on inadequate resources. Annual contributions in kind, of grain, produce, fodder, etc., were unwieldy to transport and not easily convertible, so the restless habit of Merovingian kings moving from stronghold to stronghold was constantly encouraged.

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