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deodand

  

      n     (English law)   (formerly) a thing that had caused a person's death and was forfeited to the crown for a charitable purpose: abolished 1862  
     (C16: from Anglo-French deodande, from Medieval Latin deodandum, from Latin Deo dandum (something) to be given to God, from deus god + dare to give)  
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deodar, deodorant, Dean, dead on

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