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congius

[kon-jee-uh s]
noun, plural con·gi·i [kon-jee-ahy] /ˈkɒn dʒiˌaɪ/.
  1. (in prescriptions) a gallon (3.7853 liters).
  2. an ancient Roman unit of liquid measure equal to about 0.8 U.S. gallon (3.2 liters).
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Origin of congius

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin, alteration of Greek konchíon, equivalent to kónch(ē) conch + -ion diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for congius

Historical Examples

  • This is furnished with brazen buckets, each holding about a congius.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Perhaps "metreta" and "congius" should be swapped in this sentence, but it was left as is.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • One metreta, a Greek measure, equalled about nine English gallons, and a congius contained about six pints.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Congius Ripensis tells us, that the same restriction was imposed by the Lacedæmonians on their Helots and all domestic animals.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen


British Dictionary definitions for congius

congius

noun plural -gii (-dʒɪˌaɪ)
  1. pharmacol a unit of liquid measure equal to 1 Imperial gallon
  2. an ancient Roman unit of liquid measure equal to about 0.7 Imperial gallon or 0.84 US gallon
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin, probably from Greek konkhos liquid measure, conch
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