Waif

Noun

  • (obsolete) Goods found of which the owner is not known; originally, such goods as a pursued thief threw away to prevent being apprehended, which belonged to the king unless the owner made pursuit of the felon, took him, and brought him to justice.
  • (botany, of a plant outside its native range) A plant that has been introduced but is not persistently naturalized.
  • A wanderer; a castaway; a stray; a homeless child.
  • (obsolete) Hence, anything found, or without an owner; that which comes along, as it were, by chance.

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