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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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(ˈɒbələs) or


n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ) or -ols
1. (Units) a modern Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gram
2. (Currencies) a silver coin of ancient Greece worth one sixth of a drachma
[C16: via Latin from Greek obolos small coin, nail; related to obelos spit, variant of obelus]
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Noun1.obolus - a Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gramobolus - a Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gram
weight unit, weight - a unit used to measure weight; "he placed two weights in the scale pan"
g, gm, gram, gramme - a metric unit of weight equal to one thousandth of a kilogram
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References in classic literature ?
We owe nothing to our enemies; and let me give you a piece of advice; take care of yourself, Monsieur d'Artagnan, for from the moment I withdraw my hand from behind you, I would not give an obolus for your life."
A person who combines the judicial functions of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus; a severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of himself; who flings about him the splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he resembles a bunch of firecrackers petulantly uttering his mind at the tail of a dog; then straightway murmurs a mild, melodious lay, soft as the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star.
I suppose We women should remember what we are And not throw back an obolus inscribed With Caesar's image, lightly.
Mineralogy and geochemistry of obolus sandstones and dictyonema shale of North Estonia.
The obolids from the Cambrian-Ordovician Obolus Sandstone of Estonia, described by Mickwitz (1896) as various species and varieties of the genus Obolus Eichwald, 1829, part of which are today assigned to the genera Ungula Pander, 1830, Schmidtites Schuchert & LeVene, 1929 and Oepikites Khazanovitch & Popov, 1984 (in Khazanovitch et al.
In the klint escarpment radioactive graptolite argillite (Dictyonema shale) and obolus phosphorite crop out.
Liada is saved from drowning by Obolus, one of the elephants 17-year-old Hannibal is training to prepare for battle in Iberia.
when the last obolus had been drawn out of the savings' bank, and there was a dearth of cash, and a plentiful supply of care by way of keeping the balance even, she could no longer keep silence, tightly reined as were Athenian matrons, and proceeded to give Socrates a piece of her mind,--the only gift that, thanks to his shiftlessness, she had it in her power to make to any one.
"Therein" is a solidus or an obolus - a seven-letter English word that includes 10 other words and requires no rearranging of its letters.
The Latin terms for these are libri, solidi, and denarii, and for halfpenny and farthing (one quarter of a penny) obolus and quarterius.
(5) An obolus is an ancient unit of weight equal to one sixth of a drachma i.e.