[ob-uh-luh s]

Origin of obolus

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek obolós small coin, weight
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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

Word Origin for obolus

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