Contorniate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contorniate (Numis) A species of medal or medallion of bronze, having a deep furrow on the contour or edge; -- supposed to have been struck in the days of Constantine and his successors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contorniate Having a furrowed circumference or circular furrow.
    • n contorniate A coin or medal having such a circumference: a term applied by numismatists to certain Roman copper pieces, which are characterized by having on each side a circular furrow. They bear on one face a head (of Nero, Trajan, etc.), and on the other a subject generally relating to the games in the circus or amphitheater. They were doubtless issued at Rome in the fourth and fifth centuries a. d., but their ancient appellation is unknown, and the purpose for which they were employed is uncertain. It has been supposed that they were given as tickets or certificates to successful competitors in the games.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Contorniate kon-tor′ni-āt a coin or medal with a deep groove round the disc
    • adj Contorniate having this
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. contorniato, p. pr. of contorniare, to make a circuit or outline, fr. contorno, circuit, outline. See Contour

Usage

In literature:

Viaggio sul Reno e ne suoi contorni di P. Bertolo.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
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In news:

Hog & Hominy: Cocktails, Contorni and Bocce Ball.
Hog & Hominy: Cocktails, Contorni and Bocce Ball .
Hog & Hominy : Cocktails, Contorni and Bocce Ball.
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