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 (ŏb′əl) also ob·o·lus (ŏb′ə-ləs)
n. pl. ob·ols also ob·o·li (-ə-lī′)
A silver coin or unit of weight equal to one sixth of a drachma, formerly used in ancient Greece.

[Latin obolus, from Greek obolos, variant of obelos, spit, skewer, obol (since the early Greek obol had the form of a long, slender rod like a spit for roasting).]
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(ˈɒb əl)

an ancient Greek coin, the sixth part of a drachma.
[1660–70; < Latin < Greek obolós, literally, spit; compare obelus]
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