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peculium

noun
  1. Roman law property that a father or master allowed his child or slave to hold as his own
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Word Origin for peculium

C17: from Latin; see peculiar
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Historical Examples of peculium

  • Each had a share of copra, her peculium, to dispose of for herself.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • For other references to the peculium for clothing, see Visit.

  • My peculium I don't recollect, but it could not have exceeded 100.

    Thomas Carlyle

    Hector Carsewell Macpherson

  • If they were not slaves they could not have peculium in the technical sense.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus

    Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

  • A son could acquire no property but with his father's consent, and what he thus acquired was called his peculium as of a slave.