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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dowry  \Dow"ry\,  n.;  pl  {Dowries}.  [Contr.  from  dowery;  cf  LL 
  dotarium  See  {Dower}.] 
  1.  A  gift;  endowment.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  The  money,  goods,  or  estate,  which  a  woman  brings  to  her 
  husband  in  marriage;  a  bride's  portion  on  her  marriage. 
  See  Note  under  {Dower}.  --Shak.  Dryden. 
 
  3.  A  gift  or  presents  for  the  bride,  on  espousal.  See 
  {Dower}. 
 
  Ask  me  never  so  much  dowry  and  gift,  and  I  will  give 
  .  .  .;  but  give  me  the  damsel  to  wife.  --Gen.  xxxiv 
  12. 




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