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uncia

[uhn-shee-uh] /ˈʌn ʃi ə/
noun, plural unciae
[uhn-shee-ee] /ˈʌn ʃiˌi/ (Show IPA)
1.
a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the 12th part of an as.
2.
(in prescriptions) an ounce of weight or volume.
Origin of uncia
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin: a twelfth part, akin to ūnus one; cf. inch1
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  • Another cement is made of a bes of brick dust, a third of rock salt, an uncia of saltpetre, and half an uncia of refined salt.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The uncia into four sicilici, the sicilicus into thirty-six siliquae.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The twelth part of an acre was called uncia and half a foot, Semis, &c.

  • This is the Felis uncia, allied to the panther and the cheetah.

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • Such liquation cakes should weigh up to three centumpondia, in each of which there is half an uncia of silver.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Of each bes of silver one sicilicus is consumed, or occasionally when very impure, three drachmae or half an uncia.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • And likewise they add two centumpondia of poor silver-lead, in each of which there is an uncia and a drachma of silver.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola

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