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exergue

[ig-zurg, ek-surg, eg-zurg]
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noun
  1. the space below the device on a coin or medal, sometimes separated from the field by a line.

Origin of exergue

1690–1700; < French, apparently < Greek ex- ex-3 + érgon work
Related formsex·ergu·al [ig-zur-guh l, ek-sur-] /ɪgˈzɜr gəl, ɛkˈsɜr-/, adjective
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exergue

noun
  1. a space on the reverse of a coin or medal below the central design, often containing the date, place of minting, etc
Derived Formsexergual, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Medieval Latin exergum, from Greek ex outside + ergon work
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