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a category of feudally dependent persons in Byelorussia, the Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland from the 13th to the 19th century. The name derives from the word komora, meaning storehouse or barn. The owner of farmsteads permitted the komorniki to live in their komory in return for various services. In the 15th and 16th centuries the komorniki were mostly drawn from the most impoverished town dwellers (artisans, seasonal farm laborers, day laborers, paupers), both free and enserfed, who had neither a house nor land.