pennyweight

noun
pen·​ny·​weight | \ ˈpe-nē-ˌwāt How to pronounce pennyweight (audio) \

Definition of pennyweight

: a unit of weight equal to ¹/₂₀ Troy ounce — see Weights and Measures Table

First Known Use of pennyweight

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pennyweight was in the 14th century

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“Pennyweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pennyweight. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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pennyweight

noun
pen·​ny·​weight | \ ˈpen-ē-ˌwāt How to pronounce pennyweight (audio) \

Medical Definition of pennyweight

: a unit of weight equal to 24 grains

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