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bona vacantia n pl
[Latin, ownerless goods]
: goods that are unclaimed and without an apparent owner [it was trash, in the nature of bona vacantia, which the defendants had abandoned "United States v. Calise, 217 F. Supp. 705 (1962)"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.