heirloom

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English heirlome (heirloom, literally a tool or article passed to one's heirs), equivalent to heir +‎ loom.

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Noun[edit]

heirloom (plural heirlooms)

  1. A valued possession that has been passed down through the generations.
  2. A crop variety that has been passed down through generations of farmers by seed saving and cultivation.

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(valued possession passed down through the generations): patrimony

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