• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Obole (Old Pharm) A weight of twelve grains; or, according to some, of ten grains, or half a scruple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obole A small French coin of billon (sometimes also of silver), in use from the tenth to the fifteenth century. At one period it also bore the name of mail. It was a coin of small value, less than the silver denier.
    • n obole Same as obol.
    • n obole In pharmacy, the weight of 10 grains, or half a scruple.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. obole,. See Obolus


In literature:

Go, sell your blood to the princes of the earth at so many oboles a day, and leave me to accomplish my mission!
"Cinq Mars, Complete" by Alfred de Vigny
Et Ketty n'avait plus une obole, car elle avait abandonn`e son ch`ateaux aux malheureux.
"The Countess Cathleen" by William Butler Yeats
They have not an oboles' worth of blood in their veins!
"The Crushed Flower and Other Stories" by Leonid Andreyev
The common sailors, in time of peace, received four obols a day.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Not an obol they'll get as their loot, not an obol!
"Lysistrata" by Aristophanes
It is a pity he had to pay out his obol for the longer journey before he could get back to Rome.
"Roads from Rome" by Anne C. E. Allinson
They have received entire, and without losing an obole of it, the heritage of the Greek Sophists.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
The senate examined the case, and the ecclesia awarded the bounty, which amounted to 1 or 2 obols a day, rather more than 1-1/2d.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
I have not wronged the seigneur of Plouernel a single obole.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
The hierocceryx received a half-obole a day, and other assistants a similar sum.
"The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites" by Dudley Wright
I've had a fine experience; I don't own so much as an obole.
"The Barber of Paris" by Charles Paul de Kock
This was entirely an ideal system; the actual coins being, at first, the silver denarius, divided into obols.
"The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896" by William Arthur Shaw
He'll ask no obol, but instal you there On Styx's further bank without a fare.
"To Your Dog and To My Dog" by Lincoln Newton Kinnicutt
Thy aim was lettuces; they are worth an obol, they are not worth a talent.
"The Teaching of Epictetus" by Epictetus