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plural -s
: an old Dutch and German unit of liquid capacity (as for wine) varying from 36 to 42 gallons


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variant of om

Word History



Dutch aam, from Middle Dutch āme; akin to Old English ōme, ōma, a liquid measure, Middle High German ōme, Icelandic āma; all from a prehistoric North Germanic-West Germanic word borrowed from Latin ama pail, from Greek amē; akin to Latin sentina bilge water, Lithuanian semti to draw (water)

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“Aum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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