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DOT. This French word is adopted in Louisiana. It signifies the fortune, portion, or dowry, which a woman brings to her husband by the marriage. 6 N. S. 460. See Dote; Dowry.

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She did not do so by using her dotal cash of 200,000 gold ducats, but by shrewdly investing at least two bequests of significant sums of cash and jewelry, supplemented by her annual stipend from the Ducal Chamber and her own jewelry.
Perhaps the most fascinating fact Gager uncovers demonstrates that in nearly one third of the contracts examined unmarried women, widows, and women who had separated their dotal property from their husbands' command initiated adoptions of daughters and thus built families of their own.