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[ob-uh-luh s]
noun, plural ob·o·li [ob-uh-lahy] /ˈɒb əˌlaɪ/.
  1. a modern Greek unit of weight equal to 0.1 gram.
  2. obole.
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Origin of obolus

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek obolós small coin, weight
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Examples from the Web for oboli

Historical Examples

  • Obulus, (plural Oboli)—A small coin, about the value of a penny.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Any slave like Curio, or he of the Flavian, may be had for a basket-full of oboli.


    William Ware

  • Nine oboli were a drachma and a half, or about six sestertii.

  • Distribution of three oboli per head per day to all the citizens.

  • Three oboli, or half a drachma, will be allotted daily to each, to poor and rich alike.

British Dictionary definitions for oboli


obol (ˈɒbɒl)

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ) or -ols
  1. a modern Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gram
  2. a silver coin of ancient Greece worth one sixth of a drachma
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Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek obolos small coin, nail; related to obelos spit, variant of obelus
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