from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A buying, purchasing, or purchase.
- noun [Usually in pl.] Things purchased; especially, purchased viands or provisions, as opposed to those of home production; hence, especially, dainties, delicacies.
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He sent the cardinal back a fine gold repeater; who returned him an acate snuff box, and more cameoes of ten times the value.
The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 1 Horace Walpole 1757