plural -s
: a medieval English balance for weighing or a weight used in medieval England

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French auncelle, perhaps alteration (resulting from incorrect division into definite article l' + noun) of (assumed) Old French lancelle, from Old Italian lancella small balance, from lance balance (from Latin lanc-, lanx plate, scalepan) + -ella (from Latin)

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“Auncel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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