estates. This word seems to be compounded of heir and loom,
that is, a frame, viz. to weave in. Some derive the word loom from the
Saxon loma, or geloma, which signifies utensils or vessels generally.
However this may be, the word loom, by time, is drawn to a more general
signification, than it, at the first, did bear, comprehending all
implements of household; as, tables, presses, cupboards, bedsteads,
wainscots, and which, by the custom of some countries, having belonged to a
house, are never inventoried after the decease of the owner, as chattels,
but accrue to the heir, with the house itself minsheu. The term heir looms
is applied to those chattels which are considered as annexed and necessary
to the enjoyment of an inheritance.
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