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bona vacantia

noun plural bo·na va·can·tia \ˈbō-nə-vā-ˈkan-shē-ə\

Legal Definition of bona vacantia

  1. :  goods that are unclaimed and without an apparent owner it was trash, in the nature of bona vacantia, which the defendants had abandoned — United States v. Calise, 217 F. Supp. 705 (1962)

Origin and Etymology of bona vacantia

Latin, ownerless goods

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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