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uncia

[uhn-shee-uh]
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noun, plural un·ci·ae [uhn-shee-ee] /ˈʌn ʃiˌi/.
  1. a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the 12th part of an as.
  2. (in prescriptions) an ounce of weight or volume.
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Origin of uncia

1685–95; < Latin: a twelfth part, akin to ūnus one; cf. inch1
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troyuncia

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Historical Examples

  • The uncia into four sicilici, the sicilicus into thirty-six siliquae.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • This is the Felis uncia, allied to the panther and the cheetah.

    Milton's Comus

    John Milton

  • Another cement is made of a bes of brick dust, a third of rock salt, an uncia of saltpetre, and half an uncia of refined salt.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Of each bes of silver one sicilicus is consumed, or occasionally when very impure, three drachmae or half an uncia.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • And likewise they add two centumpondia of poor silver-lead, in each of which there is an uncia and a drachma of silver.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola