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VASSAL, feudal law. This was the name given to the holder of a fief, bound to perform feudal service; this word was then always correlative to that of lord, entitled to such service.
     2. The vassal himself might be lord of some other vassal.
     3. In aftertimes, this word was used to signify a species of slave who owed servitude, and was in a state of dependency on a superior lord. 2 Bl. Com. 53; Merl. Repert. h.t.

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Vasal, recibio el Premio Mundial de Alimentacion por sus trabajos en el mejoramiento proteinico del maiz, el cual es resistente a las plagas y contiene mayor cantidad de los aminoacidos esenciales lisina y triptofano, indispensables para el desarrollo de los ninos.
Mexican biochemist Evangelina Villegas and her research partner Surindar Vasal, a plant breeder from India, were awarded the Millennium World Food Prize for developing a variety of corn that contains 50% more usable protein than normal corn.
In the study, the decision to perform vasovasostomy or epididymal bypass was determined by the presence of sperm in the vasal fluid.
1,2] Major reported complications are unusual (virtually no mortality is reported),[3] but may include large hematomas, serious infections, primary surgical failure to close the vas, and late failure presumably due to vasal recanalization.
or vasal, which was only another name for the tenant or holder of the lands.
The vasal of a foreign power, or the victim of her own imbecile princes.
Harris then goes on to cite Vasal Popovici, who argued, contrary to Bakhtin, that one cannot focus merely on the "literary aspects of a dramatic text" (13).