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De"o*dand` (?), n. [LL.
deodandum, fr. L. Deo dandum to be given to God.]
(Old Eng. Law) A personal chattel which had caused the
death of a person, and for that reason was given to God, that is,
forfeited to the crown, to be applied to pious uses, and distributed
in alms by the high almoner. Thus, if a cart ran over a man and
killed him, it was forfeited as a deodand.
&fist; Deodands are unknown in American law, and in 1846
were abolished in England.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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