What is Capite?

Legal Definition
In old English law, a capite (from Latin caput, head) was a tenure, abolished by Act 12 Chas. II, xxiv. (Tenures Abolition Act 1660), by which either person or land was held immediately of the king, or of his crown, either by knight-service or socage. A holder of a capite is termed a tenant-in-chief.
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
Descents. By the head. Distribution or succession per capita, is said to take place when every one of the kindred in equal degree, and not jure representationis, receive an equal part of an estate.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
Lat. By the head. Tenure in capite was an ancient feudal tenure, whereby a man held lands of the king immediately. It was of two sorts,—the one, principal and general or of the king as the source of all tenure; the other, special and subaltern or of a particular subject. It is now abolished. Jacob. As to distribution per capita, see Capita.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
See In capite.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary