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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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Historical Examples of obolus

  • The payment was first one obolus— afterward increased to three.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • According to Philemon this was one obolus, about 6 cents in American money.

  • It might have been a Greek obolus, so utter was his blank astonishment.

  • According to Philemon it amounted to one obolus, about four cents of our money.

  • He said to himself that this was Styx and the fare an obolus.

    Young Lives

    Richard Le Gallienne

British Dictionary definitions for obolus


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 for obolus

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