[ fol-is ]
/ ˈfɒl ɪs /
noun, plural fol·les [fol-eez] /ˈfɒl iz/.
a bag of copper or bronze coins with a fixed weight, used as money of account in the later Roman Empire.
a silver-plated copper coin of ancient Rome, first issued by Diocletian.
a copper coin of the Eastern Roman Empire, a.d. c500.
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Origin of follis
1880–85; < Late Latin; compare Latin follis bag, purse
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