Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Any instrument causing death, forfeited to the crown.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    (Li. Lat Deo dandum, a thing to be given to God.) In English law. Any personal chattel which was the immediate occasion of the dcath of any reasen-able creature, and which was forfeited to the crown to be applied to pious uses, and distributed in alms by the high almoner. 1 Hale, P. C. 419; Fleta, lib. 1, c. 25; 1 Bl. Comm. 300 ; 2 Steph. Comm. 365.