An article of virtu
Virtu Vir*tu" (?; 277), n. [It. virt[`u] virtue, excellence, from L. virtus. See {Virtue}.] A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities. --J. Spence. [1913 Webster]

{An article of virtu}, or {a piece of virtu}, an object of art or antiquity; a curiosity, such as those found in museums or private collections. [1913 Webster]

I had thoughts, in my chambers to place it in view, To be shown to my friends as a piece of virt[`u]. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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