bequest (n.)

c. 1300, "act of bequeathing," from be- + *cwis, *cwiss "saying" (related to quoth), from Proto-Germanic *kwessiz, from PIE root *gwet- "to say, speak." Compare bequeath). With unetymological -t (as in behest). Meaning "legacy, that which is bequeathed" is recorded from late 15c.

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