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gerah

[gee-ruh]
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noun
  1. an ancient Hebrew weight and coin, equal to 1/20 (0.05) of a shekel.
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Origin of gerah

1525–35; < Hebrew gērāh < Akkadian girū
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Historical Examples

  • The Gerah, "a bean," weighed a little less than half of a dram avoirdupois (.439 dram).

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas

    Jesse L. Hurlbut


British Dictionary definitions for gerah

gerah

noun
  1. an ancient Hebrew unit of weight
  2. an ancient Hebrew coin equal to one twentieth of a shekel
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Word Origin

C16: from Hebrew gērāh bean
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