Oz

1
[oz]

Origin of Oz

1
jocular back formation from Aussie (with voiced sibilant)

Oz

2
[oz]

oz.

  1. ounce; ounces.

Origin of oz.

abbreviation of Italian onza
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British Dictionary definitions for oz

oz

oz.

abbreviation for
  1. ounce

Word Origin for oz

from Italian onza

Oz

noun
  1. Australian slang Australia
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Word Origin and History for oz

Oz

mythical land in L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900) and sequels; according to an anecdote written by Baum in 1903, inspired by a three-drawer desktop cabinet letter file, the last drawer labeled O-Z. As Australian slang for "Australia," attested by 1983.

oz.

abbreviation of ounce (n.1), 1540s, from Italian oz. (15c.), abbreviation of onza.

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oz in Medicine

oz

abbr.
  1. ounce
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oz in Science

oz

  1. Abbreviation of ounce
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