Poor-house

poorhouse

[poor-hous]
noun, plural poorhouses [poor-hou-ziz] .
(formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense.

Origin:
1735–45; poor + house

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poorhouse (ˈpʊəˌhaʊs, ˈpɔː-)
 
n
(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor

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