In old English law. A fork. A gallows or gibbet. Bract, fol. 56. Furca et flagellum. Gallows and whin. Tenure ad furcam et flagcllum. tenure by gallows and whip. The meanest or servile tenures, where the bondman was at the disposal of hie lord for life and limb. Cowell-Furca et fossa. Gallows and pit, or pit and gallows. A term used in ancient charters to signify a jurisdiction of punishing thieves, viz., men by hanging, women by drowning. Spelman; Cowell.