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n, pl -aries
(in ancient Rome) a gift from the emperor to the people or soldiers
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Congiarya present or largess given in Roman times to soldiers or people, [from congius, ‘a measure of three quarts’]
Examples: congiary of corn, 1697; of oil, of salt, 1601; of wine.
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