A husband’s interest in his wife’s property;
in many states, curtesy has been abolished and
replaced by dower rights. Note: New York does
not recognize either curtesy or dower rights.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
curtesy (noun)
a husband's interest upon the death of his wife in the real property of an estate that she either solely owned or inherited provided they bore a child capable of inheriting the estate - compare dower
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