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[trezh-er-trohv] /ˈtrɛʒ ərˌtroʊv/
anything of the nature of treasure or a treasury that one finds:
Mother's attic was a treasure-trove of memorabilia.
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
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French tresor trové found treasure. See treasure, trover Unabridged
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  • There is something in the very thought of treasure-trove that unsettles the most sane.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • Had you been my treasure-trove, there had been no 'perhaps' about it.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • I presented my trophy and treasure-trove to the fairy-like Miss Wee-wee.

  • The man knew the law of the Sultan, by which he claimed all treasure-trove for himself.

    Our Little Turkish Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • A metal belt of Saxon character was among this treasure-trove.

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

  • Mrs. Trevel was about to put away her treasure-trove when she hesitated.

    A Son of Perdition

    Fergus Hume
  • treasure-trove became, as one might say, the stock joke of the moment.

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

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • It held the treasure-trove of centuries; all its rooms were full of secrets.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
British Dictionary definitions for treasure-trove


noun (in Britain)
(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
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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