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  1. kos.
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or coss

noun, plural kos. (in India)
  1. a unit of land distance of various lengths from 1 to 3 miles (1.6 to 4.8 km).
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Origin of kos

< HindiSanskrit krośa
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Examples from the Web for coss

Historical Examples

  • And the beak giv' 'em six weeks—coss the ship warn't overloaded.

    The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"

    Joseph Conrad

  • 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

    Booth Tarkington

  • Coss was avaricious, and would sell all his friends for ten crowns.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for coss


  1. another name for kos
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noun plural kos
  1. 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
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Word Origin

from Hindi kōs



  1. 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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