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bezant

[bez-uh nt, bih-zant] /ˈbɛz ənt, bɪˈzænt/
noun
1.
Also, bezzant. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages.
2.
Also, byzant. (in Romanesque architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used especially on the faces of archivolts.
Also, besant.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English besant < Old French < Latin byzantius (nummus) Byzantine (coin)
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bezant

/ˈbɛzənt; bɪˈzænt/
noun
1.
a medieval Byzantine gold coin
2.
(architect) an ornament in the form of a flat disc
3.
(heraldry) a small gold circle
Word Origin
C13: from Old French besant, from Medieval Latin Bӯzantius Byzantine (coin)
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Word Origin and History for bezant
n.

gold coin, c.1200, from Old French besant (12c.), from Latin byzantius, short for Byzantius nummus "coin of Byzantium."

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