- Also called old oka.a former measure of weight in Turkey and neighboring countries, equal to about 2.75 pounds (1.25 kilograms).
- Also called new oka.a modern measure of weight in Turkey and neighboring countries, standarized as equal to the kilogram.
- a form unit of liquid measure, equal to about 1.33 U.S. liquid quarts (1.26 liters).
Origin of oka1
1615–25; < Italian occa < Turkish okka < Arabic (compare ūquiyya) < Greek ounkíā; cognate with Latin uncia; see ounce1
[oh-kah; Russian uh-kah]
- a river in the central Russian Federation in Europe, flowing NE to the Volga at Nizhni Novgorod. 950 miles (1530 km) long.
- a wood sorrel, Oxalis tuberosa, of the Andes, cultivated in South America for its edible tubers.
- a tuber of this plant.
Origin of oca
1595–1605; < Spanish < Quechua oqa
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Nothing had happened that in any way equipped him for his battle with Oka Sayye.
Then screened by the bushes, she could have reached out and touched Oka Sayye.
She told him where she thought what remained of Oka Sayye could be found.
After a night's rest I recrossed the Oka and drove to the town.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life
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The emperor arrived at the harbor of Oka in the Land of Tsukushi.
- a unit of weight used in Turkey, equal to about 2.75 pounds or 1.24 kilograms
- a unit of liquid measure used in Turkey, equal to about 1.3 pints or 0.75 litres
C17: from Turkish ōqah, from Arabic ūqiyah, probably from Greek ounkia; perhaps related to Latin uncia one twelfth; see ounce 1
- a brine-cured Canadian cheese
named after Oka, Quebec, where it is made at a monastery
- any of various South American herbaceous plants of the genus Oxalis, cultivated for their edible tubers: family Oxalidaceae
C20: via Spanish from Quechua okka
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