A long and low boundary wall or bank, found especially on Dartmoor and in Devon, mostly now sunk back into the landscape. Also, as a verb, to tear, split, divide or cleave.
An Icelandic word meaning to rip or tear something. Rof á landi refers to the rupture of the top soils of the land or erosion,
To take away life, rest or sight. From the Oxford English Dictionary.
Or art thou bent against thy loyal lord,
To reave his life that gives thee life and breath?
– The Cobbler’s Prophecy, 1594 (sig. E3v).