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[juh-koh-buh s] /dʒəˈkoʊ bəs/
noun, plural jacobuses.
a former gold coin of England issued by James I.
Origin of jacobus
First recorded in 1605-15; Latinized equivalent of James Unabridged
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  • But coming out of my stateroom with an interrogative “Mr. jacobus?”

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  • He did not seem to make much of the fact that he was Mr. jacobus.

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  • Or was he only a purist in conduct who disapproved of jacobus doing his own touting?

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  • I was however fated to hear the jacobus note once more before I slept.

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  • With his drowsy stare jacobus seemed to be slumbering open-eyed.

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  • Calmly, jacobus proposed that I should order ten or fifteen tons—tons!

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  • You have your married daughter living with you, Mr. jacobus?

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  • It was reported that she ordered jacobus out of the room with her last breath.

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British Dictionary definitions for jacobus


noun (pl) -buses
an English gold coin minted in the reign of James I
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin: James
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