heir loom

heirloom

[air-loom]
noun
1.
a family possession handed down from generation to generation.
2.
Law. property neither personal nor real that descends to the heir of an estate as part of the real property.
adjective
3.
being an old variety that is being cultivated again: heirloom vegetables and fruits.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English heirlome. See heir, loom1

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heirloom (ˈɛəˌluːm)
 
n
1.  an object that has been in a family for generations
2.  property law a chattel inherited by special custom or in accordance with the terms of a will
 
[C15: from heir + lome tool; see loom1]

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heirloom
1472, ayre lome, from heir (q.v.) + loom in its original but now otherwise obsolete sense of "implement, tool." Technically, some piece of property that by will or custom passes down with the real estate.
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