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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 of treasure-trove
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French tresor trové found treasure. See treasure, trover
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  • So, pray sit down near the fire, and permit me to enjoy the fruit of my treasure-trove—I mean, a little talk with you.

    Ralph Wilton's weird Mrs. Alexander
  • Had you been my treasure-trove, there had been no 'perhaps' about it.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • There is something in the very thought of treasure-trove that unsettles the most sane.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • I presented my trophy and treasure-trove to the fairy-like Miss Wee-wee.

  • The Commentator considers the treasure-trove here alluded to, to be buried wealth, of which there is no claimant.

  • A metal belt of Saxon character was among this treasure-trove.

  • He said we might certainly have the half-sovereign, and he hoped we should enjoy ourselves with our treasure-trove.

  • The vicissitudes of treasure-trove might be greatly multiplied.

  • Don't you want to be brought up to date in the treasure-trove adventure?

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • treasure-trove became, as one might say, the stock joke of the moment.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
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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