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heirloom


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heirloom  \Heir"loom`\,  n.  [Heir  +  loom,  in  its  earlier  sense  of 
  implement,  tool.  See  {Loom}  the  frame.] 
  Any  furniture,  movable,  or  personal  chattel,  which  by  law  or 
  special  custom  descends  to  the  heir  along  with  the 
  inheritance;  any  piece  of  personal  property  that  has  been  in 
  a  family  for  several  generations. 
 
  Woe  to  him  whose  daring  hand  profanes  The  honored 
  heirlooms  of  his  ancestors.  --Moir. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heirloom 
  n  1:  (law)  any  property  that  is  considered  by  law  or  custom  as 
  inseparable  from  an  inheritance  is  inherited  with  that 
  inheritance 
  2:  something  that  has  been  in  a  family  for  generations 




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