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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poorhouse.
  • n. Chiefly British A home for the poor that is maintained by private charity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A building of residence for the poor, sick or elderly of a parish. Originally founded by the Church. Usually a charity relying on donations for funding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house appropriated for the use of the poor; a poorhouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house appropriated for the use of the poor who are supported by the public or by a revenue derived from private endowment; a poor-house.

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