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quadrans

[ kwod-ranz ]

noun

, plural quad·ran·tes [kwo-, dran, -teez].
  1. a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the fourth part of an as.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of quadrans1

From the Latin word quadrāns literally, fourth part

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Example Sentences

Quadrans, kwod′ranz, n. a Roman copper coin, the fourth part of the as:—pl.

Lepta are very small brass coins worth half a quadrans each, which is a quarter of the copper assarion.

A lepton is a very small brass Jewish coin worth half a Roman quadrans each, which is worth a quarter of the copper assarion.

Lepta are very small, brass, Jewish coins worth half a Roman quadrans each, which is worth a quarter of the copper assarion.

He made his pile from an as, and would pick a quadrans out of a dunghill with his teeth, any old time.

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