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Topic: LAW

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: primogenitura, from Latin primus ( PRIME1) + genitura 'birth'

primogeniture

noun
     
pri‧mo‧gen‧i‧ture [uncountable] law
SCL the system by which property that is owned by a man goes to his oldest son after his death
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