The interest held by a married person in the
real property owned by a spouse. Note: dower is
not recognized in New York.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
dower (noun)
the part of or interest in the real estate of a deceased husband given by law to his widow during her life - compare curtesy
a) - dowry
b) - dowry
dower (verb)
transitive verb
to supply with a dower or dowry - endow
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