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congius

[kon-jee-uh s]
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noun, plural con·gi·i [kon-jee-ahy] /ˈkɒn dʒiˌaɪ/.
  1. (in prescriptions) a gallon (3.7853 liters).
  2. 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

Historical Examples

  • This is furnished with brazen buckets, each holding about a congius.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Perhaps "metreta" and "congius" should be swapped in this sentence, but it was left as is.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • One metreta, a Greek measure, equalled about nine English gallons, and a congius contained about six pints.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Congius Ripensis tells us, that the same restriction was imposed by the Lacedæmonians on their Helots and all domestic animals.

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    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen


British Dictionary definitions for congius

congius

noun plural -gii (-dʒɪˌaɪ)
  1. pharmacol a unit of liquid measure equal to 1 Imperial gallon
  2. an ancient Roman unit of liquid measure equal to about 0.7 Imperial gallon or 0.84 US gallon

Word Origin

C14: from Latin, probably from Greek konkhos liquid measure, conch
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