Treasure-trove

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Treasure-trove (Common Law) Any money, bullion, or the like, found in the earth, or otherwise hidden, the owner of which is not known. In England such treasure belongs to the crown; whereas similar treasure found in the sea, or upon the surface of the land, belongs to the finder if no owner appears.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n treasure-trove Treasure found and appropriated; specifically, in English law, any money or coin, gold, silver plate, or bullion, of unknown ownership, found hidden in the earth or in any private place. In this case, in English law, the treasure belongs to the crown; but if the owner is known, or is ascertained after the treasure is found, the owner and not the crown is entitled to it. It is, however, the practice of the crown to pay the finder the full value of the property on its being delivered up. On the other hand, should the finder conceal or appropriate it, he is guilty of an indictable offense punishable by fine aud imprisonment. In the United States the term is not often used, and has no technical legal meaning. The finder of a thing upon land is, if the owner be unknown, its lawful custodian, and if he cannot be found becomes its owner. If the former owner is found, the finder cannot withhold the thing to exact a reward, unless such reward has been offered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Treasure-trove trezh′ūr-trōv treasure or money found in the earth, the owner unknown.
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Idioms

Treasure trove - Something of great value or a very good source.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Treasure, + OF. trové, F. trouvé, p. p. of OF. trover, to find, F. trouver., See Trover
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Treasure and trové, pa.p. of O. Fr. trover, to find.

Usage

In literature:

In everv hour is born some thought of love; In every heart is hid some treasure-trove.
"The Glugs of Gosh" by C. J. Dennis
The treasure-trove was added to the heap of which her stocking was guardian, and thus honestly divided.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Then I inquired regarding the definition of the term treasure-trove, which has become the consecrated phrase for all our many hypocrites.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
Treasure-trove at any rate there was, and in the spring of 1199 Richard prowled around the walls.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
From your eyes I realize that it is treasure-trove and yet to me it is meaningless.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
If we take them they are treasure-trove, and legally ours.
"Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts" by Frank Richard Stockton
I'm afraid you will find nothing more than straw or shavings in your treasure-trove, Russ.
"Six Little Bunkers at Cousin Tom's" by Laura Lee Hope
And anyway they're not treasure trove.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Then, loathing himself for his weakness, he knelt before the treasure trove and tried the key in the lock.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
The music of Moussorgsky is almost completely treasure-trove.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
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In poetry:

All that they drew from Heaven above
Or digged from earth beneath,
They laid into their treasure-trove
And arsenals of death:
"The Outlaws" by Rudyard Kipling
All fondly curious with love
(Half guessing what he would lay bare)
He rifled her heart's treasure trove,
And found -- a stranger's image there.
"The Lovers" by C J Dennis
The whole wide world is nought beside
The wonder of Thy love.
And though my state be mean and strait,
Give me but heart to work and wait,
And I have Treasure-Trove.
"Treasure-Trove" by John Oxenham
Let us dance, my mirror of
Perfect passion won to peace,
Let us dance, my treasure trove,
On the marble terraces
Carven in pallid embroideries
For the vestal veil of Love.
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
Soon upon this island's shrine
Shalt thou like a jewel shine,--
Dearest of its treasure-trove,
Emblem of a deathless love
From its sepulchre set free,--
"Conjugi Carissimae."
"Conjugi Carissimae" by John Lawson Stoddard
Saw the whole land--its hills and vales and streams,
Its lakes and pools, its vineyards and its groves,
A wealth and glory far beyond his dreams;
Better, it seemed, than all earth's treasure troves.
"A Glimpse Of Heaven" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

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The California-based artist employs a lush treasure trove of colors in his works.
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A Lou Gehrig Treasure Trove .
A Treasure Trove of Data.
Theater's basement a treasure trove of art.
Treasure Trove offers surprises.
Michigan State's treasure trove .
Ferry report treasure trove .
Opening The Treasure Trove .
Best Hidden Treasure Trove .
Library Of Congress Preserves A Treasure Trove Underground.
KC police hold a treasure trove of license plate data.
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In science:

What was to be done with the notebooks? Those who have seen them, Hardy and Littlewood in particular, have recognized the notebooks for the treasure trove they were and urged their edition and publication.
And free lunch for all...
Finally, Chapters 7–9 of [?] contain a treasure-trove of arithmetic-geometric information on the Kleinian groups SL2 (oK ), where oK denotes the ring of integers in the imaginary quadratic number field K .
A fundamental domain of Ford type for $SO(3,Z[i])\backslash SO(3,C)/SO(3)$, and for $SO(2,1)_Z\backslash SO(2,1)/SO(2)$
Finally, Chapters 7–9 of [EGM98] contain a treasure-trove of arithmetic-geometric information on the Kleinian groups SL2 (oK ), where oK denotes the ring of integers in the imaginary quadratic number field K .
A fundamental domain of Ford type for $SO(3,Z[i])\backslash SO(3,C)/SO(3)$, and for $SO(2,1)_Z\backslash SO(2,1)/SO(2)$
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