|Virtu (Vir*tu") (?; 277), n.
[It. virt\'97 virtue, excellence, from L. virtus. See Virtue.]
A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities. J. Spence.
-- An article, or 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 virt\'97." Goldsmith.
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