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toise

[toiz]
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noun
  1. an old French unit of length equivalent to 6.395 feet (1.949 meters).

Origin of toise

1590–1600; < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *tēsa, (feminine singular), Latin tēnsa (bracchia) outstretched (arms), neuter plural taken as feminine singular See tense1
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