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 for dowry
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dowry \Dow"ry\ (dou"r[y^]), n.; pl. Dowries (dou"r[i^]z).
     [Contr. from dowery; cf. LL. dotarium. See Dower.]
     1. A gift; endowment. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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     2. The money, goods, or estate, which a woman brings to her
        husband in marriage; a bride's portion on her marriage.
        See Note under Dower. --Shak. Dryden.
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     3. A gift or presents for the bride, on espousal. See
        Dower.
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              Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give
              . . .; but give me the damsel to wife. --Gen. xxxiv.
                                                    12.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dowry
      n 1: money or property brought by a woman to her husband at
           marriage [syn: dowry, dowery, dower, portion]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "dowry":
     ability, appanage, bump, caliber, capability, capacity, dot, dower,
     endowment, equipment, faculty, flair, forte, foundation, genius,
     gift, instinct, investment, jointure, legal jointure, long suit,
     makings, marriage portion, metier, natural endowment, natural gift,
     parts, portion, potential, power, powers, qualification,
     settlement, speciality, strong flair, strong point, talent,
     talents, the goods, the stuff, thirds, what it takes
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Dowry
     (mohar; i.e., price paid for a wife, Gen. 34:12; Ex. 22:17; 1
     Sam. 18:25), a nuptial present; some gift, as a sum of money,
     which the bridegroom offers to the father of his bride as a
     satisfaction before he can receive her. Jacob had no dowry to
     give for his wife, but he gave his services (Gen. 29:18; 30:20;
     34:12).
     

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