obol

obol

[ob-uhl]
noun
1.
a silver coin of ancient Greece, the sixth part of a drachma.

Origin:
1660–70; see obolus

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obolus or obol (ˈɒbələs, ˈɒbɒl)
 
n , pl -li, -ols
1.  a modern Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gram
2.  a silver coin of ancient Greece worth one sixth of a drachma
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek obolos small coin, nail; related to obelos spit, variant of obelus]
 
obol or obol (ˈɒbələs, ˈɒbɒl, -ˌlaɪ)
 
n
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek obolos small coin, nail; related to obelos spit, variant of obelus]

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obol
ancient Gk. small coin and weight, 1670, from Gk. obolos, identical with obelos "a spit, needle." From the original shape.
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