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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Escheat  \Es*cheat"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Esheated};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Escheating}.]  (Law) 
  To  revert,  or  become  forfeited,  to  the  lord,  the  crown,  or 
  the  State,  as  lands  by  the  failure  of  persons  entitled  to 
  hold  the  same  or  by  forfeiture. 
  Note:  In  this  country  it  is  the  general  rule  that  when  the 
  title  to  land  fails  by  defect  of  heirs  or  devisees,  it 
  necessarily  escheats  to  the  State;  but  forfeiture  of 
  estate  from  crime  is  hardly  known  in  this  country,  and 
  corruption  of  blood  is  universally  abolished.  --Kent.