escheat, n. & v. hist.
1 the reversion of property to the State, or (in feudal law) to a lord, on the owner's dying without legal heirs.
2 property affected by this.
1 tr. hand over (property) as an escheat.
2 tr. confiscate.
3 intr. revert by escheat.
ME f. OF eschete, ult. f. L excidere (as EX-(1), cadere fall)
penalty, retribution, pain, pains and penalties, weregild, wergild, peine forte et dure, penance, the devil to pay, fine, mulct, amercement, forfeit, forfeiture, escheat
, damages, deodand, sequestration, confiscation, premunire, doomage.
fine, mulct, amerce, sconce, confiscate, sequestrate, sequester, escheat
, estreat, forfeit.