Origin of cos1
1690–1700; after Kos, where it originated
- one of the Greek Dodecanese Islands in the SE Aegean Sea, off the SW coast of Turkey. 111 sq. mi. (287 sq. km).
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Examples from the Web for coses
It is said to extend eight coses from north to south, and fifteen from east to west.
It stands between the Soyeya and the Arun, which are about 1⅔ coses distant from each other.
The plain round it is very considerable, extending twelve coses north and south, and four coses east and west.
From Arun Dumohan to Leraghat is a distance of 3½ coses without rapids.
The valley between this small ridge and the mountains is about six coses wide, and belongs partly to Saliyana, partly to Dang.
- a variant spelling of Kos
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- a variety of lettuce with a long slender head and crisp leavesUsual US and Canadian name: romaine Compare cabbage lettuce
C17: named after Kos, the Aegean island of its origin
- an Indian unit of distance having different values in different localities. It is usually between 1 and 3 miles or 1 and 5 kilometresAlso called: coss
from Hindi kōs
- an island in the SE Aegean Sea, in the Greek Dodecanese Islands: separated from SW Turkey by the Kos Channel; settled in ancient times by Dorians and became famous for literature and medicine. Pop: 30 947 (2001). Area: 282 sq km (109 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for coses
measure of distance in India (about 2 miles), from Hindi kos, from Sanskrit krosah, literally "a call, a shout;" thus, "distance within which a man's shout can be heard."
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- Abbreviation of cosine
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