- (in prescriptions) a gallon (3.7853 liters).
- an ancient Roman unit of liquid measure equal to about 0.8 U.S. gallon (3.2 liters).
Origin of congius
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, alteration of Greek konchíon, equivalent to kónch(ē) conch + -ion diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for congius
This is furnished with brazen buckets, each holding about a congius.
Perhaps "metreta" and "congius" should be swapped in this sentence, but it was left as is.
One metreta, a Greek measure, equalled about nine English gallons, and a congius contained about six pints.
Congius Ripensis tells us, that the same restriction was imposed by the Lacedæmonians on their Helots and all domestic animals.Curiosities of Medical Experience</p>
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- pharmacol a unit of liquid measure equal to 1 Imperial gallon
- an ancient Roman unit of liquid measure equal to about 0.7 Imperial gallon or 0.84 US gallon
C14: from Latin, probably from Greek konkhos liquid measure, conch
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