heirloom


heir·loom

noun \ˈer-ˌlüm\

: a valuable object that is owned by a family for many years and passed from one generation to another

: an old type of plant that is still available because individual people have continued to grow it for many years

Full Definition of HEIRLOOM

1
:  a piece of property that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property
2
:  something of special value handed on from one generation to another
3
:  a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals

Origin of HEIRLOOM

Middle English heirlome, from heir + lome implement — more at loom
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

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