widow's mite

noun

Definition of widow's mite

  1. :  a small contribution that is willingly given and is all one can afford gave his widow's mite to the cause

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Origin and Etymology of widow's mite

so called from the widow who cast two mites (a farthing) into the Temple treasury (Mark 12:42)


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