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drach·ma

 (drăk′mə)
n. pl. drach·mas or drach·mae (-mē)
1. The primary unit of currency in Greece before the adoption of the euro.
2. An ancient Greek silver coin.
3. One of several modern units of weight, especially the dram.

[Latin, from Greek drakhmē, handful, a handful or bundle of six obols such as could be held in the fist (since the early Greek obol had the shape of a long, slender rod), from drassesthai, drakh-, to grasp.]

drachma

(ˈdrækmə)
n, pl -mas or -mae (-miː)
1. (Currencies) the former standard monetary unit of Greece, divided into 100 lepta; replaced by the euro in 2002
2. (Units) US another name for dram2
3. (Currencies) a silver coin of ancient Greece
4. (Units) a unit of weight in ancient Greece
[C16: from Latin, from Greek drakhmē a handful, from drassesthai to seize]

drach•ma

(ˈdræk mə, ˈdrɑk-)

n., pl. -mas, -mae (-mē).
1. the basic monetary unit of modern Greece.
2. the principal silver coin of ancient Greece.
3. a small unit of weight in ancient Greece.
4. any of various modern weights, esp. a dram.
Often, drachm.
[1520–30; < Latin < Greek drachmḗ]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drachma - a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
apothecaries' unit, apothecaries' weight - any weight unit used in pharmacy; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces
scruple - a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains
apothecaries' ounce, ounce, troy ounce - a unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a pound
2.drachma - formerly the basic unit of money in Greecedrachma - formerly the basic unit of money in Greece
Greek monetary unit - monetary unit in Greece
lepton - 100 lepta equal 1 drachma in Greece
Translations
دْراخْمَه: عِمْلَه يونانِيَّه
drachma
drakme
drachma
drakma
drachma
drahma
drachma
drahmi

drachma

[ˈdrækmə] N (drachmas or drachmae (pl)) [ˈdrækmiː]dracma m (sometimes f)

drachma

[, (pl)]
n pl <-e or -s> → Drachme f

drachma

[ˈdrækmə] n (drachmas or drachmae (pl)) [ˈdrækmiː] (coin) → dracma

drachma

(ˈdrӕkmə) noun
the standard unit of Greek currency.
References in classic literature ?
I may say more; for without the assistance of Anytus and Lycon, any one may see that he would not have had a fifth part of the votes, as the law requires, in which case he would have incurred a fine of a thousand drachmae.
Elsewhere in the British Museum you will discover that the ancient Greeks had drachmae before the Romans came along with their denarii (the old 'd' for pence).
For those outside Euroland -- the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Greece -- the value of an EU subsidy will be its value in pounds, crowns or drachmae against the euro on the day a transaction takes place.