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Definition of obol

: an ancient Greek coin or weight equal to ¹/₆ drachma

Examples of obol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charon’s obol is a term for a coin, typically placed in the mouth of a dead person before burial. Fox News, 30 June 2020 The coins are called obols of the dead or Charon’s obol. Fox News, 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of obol

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obol

borrowed from Latin obolus, borrowed from Greek obolós, obelós — more at obelus

Note: The word is attested once in Old English, but there is no continuity between this occurrence and later learned use in Modern English.

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“Obol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obol. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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