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treasure-trove

[trezh-er-trohv] /ˈtrɛʒ ərˌtroʊv/
noun
1.
anything of the nature of treasure or a treasury that one finds:
Mother's attic was a treasure-trove of memorabilia.
2.
Law. any money, bullion, or the like, of unknown ownership, found hidden in the earth or any other place: in the absence of statutory provisions to the contrary it may be kept by the finder.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French tresor trové found treasure. See treasure, trover
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British Dictionary definitions for treasure trove

treasure-trove

noun (in Britain)
1.
(law) valuable articles, such as coins, bullion, etc, found hidden in the earth or elsewhere and of unknown ownership. Such articles become the property of the Crown, which compensates the finder if the treasure is declared. In 1996 treasure was defined as any item over 300 years old and containing more than 5% precious metal
2.
anything similarly discovered that is of value
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French tresor trové treasure found, from Old French tresortreasure + trover to find
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Encyclopedia Article for treasure trove

buried treasure

in law, coin, bullion, gold, or silver articles, found hidden in the earth, for which no owner can be discovered

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