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1. Abbr. av. or avdp. Avoirdupois weight.
2. Informal Weight or heaviness, especially of a person.
[Middle English avoir de pois, commodities sold by weight, alteration of Old French aveir de peis, goods of weight : aveir, avoir, to have (from Latin habēre; see able) + de, of (from Latin dē, from; see de-) + peis, pois, weight (from Vulgar Latin *pēsum, from Latin pēnsum, past participle of pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots).]
avoirdupois(ˌævədəˈpɔɪz; ˌævwɑːdjuːˈpwɑː) or
(Units) a system of weights used in many English-speaking countries. It is based on the pound, which contains 16 ounces or 7000 grains. 100 pounds (US) or 112 pounds (Brit) is equal to 1 hundredweight and 20 hundredweights equals 1 ton. Abbreviation: avdp or avoir
[C14: from Old French aver de peis goods of weight]
av•oir•du•pois(ˌæv ər dəˈpɔɪz)
2. Informal. bodily weight; heaviness: excess avoirdupois.
[1250–1300; Middle English avoir de pois literally, property of weight < Old French, =avoir (< Latin habēre to have) + de (< Latin dē) + pois (< Latin pēnsum) weight]
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|Noun||1.||avoirdupois - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)|
avoirdupois unit - any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
|2.||avoirdupois - excess bodily weight; "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"|
bodily property - an attribute of the body
adiposeness, adiposity, fattiness - having the property of containing fat; "he recommended exercise to reduce my adiposity"
steatopygia - an extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks