Vir*tu" [It. virtu virtue, excellence, from L. virtus. See Virtue.]

A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities.

J. Spence.

An article, ∨ piece, of virtu, an object of art or antiquity; a curiosity, such as those found in museums or private collections.

I had thoughts, in my chambers to place it in view, To be shown to my friends as a piece of virtu. Goldsmith.


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