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noun British.
  1. a dram in apothecaries' and troy weights, and sometimes in avoirdupois weights.
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Origin of drachm1

learned spelling of dram


  1. drachma.
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Examples from the Web for drachm

Historical Examples

  • Or, mix sulphate of zinc, one drachm; rain-water, one half pint.

    Cattle and Their Diseases

    Robert Jennings

  • They weighed each, when entire, full one ounce and one drachm.

  • The best capture wouldn't be worth a drachm if we could not say, 'Hurrah!

  • When this solution has been filtered, add to it drachm of the aceto-nitr.

  • Some persons take as a “sequitur” a drachm of Carbonate of Soda.

British Dictionary definitions for drachm


  1. Also called: fluid dram British one eighth of a fluid ounce
  2. US another name for dram (def. 2)
  3. another name for drachma
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Word Origin

C14: learned variant of dram
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drachm in Medicine


  1. dram
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