- a unit of land distance of various lengths from 1 to 3 miles (1.6 to 4.8 km).
Origin of kos
< Hindi ≪ Sanskrit krośa
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Examples from the Web for coss
And the beak giv' 'em six weeks—coss the ship warn't overloaded.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
But coss after coss was left behind, and as yet no river appeared.Confessions of a Thug
Philip Meadows Taylor
Of coss, I don't say you could ever be another Mewnay-Sooyay.Harlequin and Columbine
Coss was avaricious, and would sell all his friends for ten crowns.History of the Rise of the Huguenots
Dey coss me mo'n that; heap mo', but I'm faih to lose um all now, en I'm driffin' 'em off, sine die.
- another name for kos
- an Indian unit of distance having different values in different localities. It is usually between 1 and 3 miles or 1 and 5 kilometresAlso called: coss
from Hindi kōs
- an island in the SE Aegean Sea, in the Greek Dodecanese Islands: separated from SW Turkey by the Kos Channel; settled in ancient times by Dorians and became famous for literature and medicine. Pop: 30 947 (2001). Area: 282 sq km (109 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for coss
measure of distance in India (about 2 miles), from Hindi kos, from Sanskrit krosah, literally "a call, a shout;" thus, "distance within which a man's shout can be heard."
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