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denarius

[ dih-nair-ee-uhs ]
/ dɪˈnɛər i əs /
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noun, plural de·nar·i·i [dih-nair-ee-ahy]. /dɪˈnɛər iˌaɪ/.

a silver coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, first issued in the latter part of the 3rd century b.c., that fluctuated in value and sometimes appeared as a bronze coin.
a gold coin of ancient Rome equal to 25 silver denarii; aureus.

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Origin of denarius

First recorded in 1565–85; from Latin dēnārius, originally an adjective: “containing ten (asses)”; see origin at denary
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denarius
/ (dɪˈnɛərɪəs) /

noun plural -narii (-ˈnɛərɪˌaɪ)

a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii

Word Origin for denarius

C16: from Latin: coin originally equal to ten asses, from dēnārius (adj) containing ten, from dēnī ten each, from decem ten
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