plural three-halfpence or three-halfpences

Definition of three-halfpence

1 : the sum of three halfpence : a penny and a half
2 : a small English silver coin of Queen Elizabeth I (16th century) worth 1¹/₂ pennies also : a silver coin struck in the 19th century under William IV and Queen Victoria for the colonies

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History and Etymology for three-halfpence

Middle English threhalpenys, from three, thre three + halpenys, halfpenys, plural of halpeny, halfpeny, halfpenny

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“Three-halfpence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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