[pig-nuh s]
noun, plural pig·no·ra [pig-ner-uh] /ˈpɪg nər ə/. Roman and Civil Law.
  1. property held as security for a debt.
  2. the contract containing such a pledge.

Origin of pignus

< Latin: literally, pledge
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