Congiary

Congiary

Con"gi*a*ry\, n.; pl. Congiaries. [L. congiarium, fr. congius a liquid measure.] A present, as of corn, wine, or oil, made by a Roman emperor to the soldiers or the people; -- so called because measured to each in a congius. --Addison.

Note: In later years, when gifts of money were distributed, the name congius was retained.
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