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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Fisc \Fisc\ (f[i^]sk), n. [F. fisc, fr. L. fiscus basket, money
     basket, treasury; prob. akin to fascis bundle. See {Fasces}.]
     A public or state treasury. --Burke.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : a secret federal court created in 1978 by the Foreign
           Intelligence Surveillance Act; responsible for
           authorizing wiretaps and other forms of electronic
           surveillance and for authorizing searches of suspected
           spies and terrorists by the Department of Justice or
           United States intelligence agencies [syn: {Foreign
           Intelligence Surveillance Court}]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : a state treasury or exchequer or a royal treasury;
           originally the public treasury of Rome or the emperor's
           private purse

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) [bouvier]:

  FISC, civil law. The treasury of a prince. The public treasury. Hence to 
  confiscate a thing, is to appropriate it to the fisc. Paillet, Droit Public, 
  21, n, says that fiscus, in the Roman law, signified the treasure of the 
  prince, and aerarium, the treasure of the state. But this distinction was 
  not observed in France. See Law 10, ff. De jure Fisci. 

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