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heir: in transf. use (1) a person to whom something (e.g. fate, sorrow, &c.) is bound to fall due Wiv. V. v. 45 “h-s of fixed destiny,” R2 II. ii. 63 “my sorrow's dismal ,” Ham. III. i. 63 “That flesh is to” ; (2) offspring, product 2H4 IV. iv. 122 “Unfather'd h-s . . . of nature,” Ven. Ded. 5 “the first heir of my invention.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 2.2
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