obolus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n obolus a Greek unit of weight equal to one tenth of a gram
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Obolus (Gr.Antiq) A small silver coin of Athens, the sixth part of a drachma, about three cents in value.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obolus Same as obol.
    • n obolus A small silver coin current in the middle ages in Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, etc.
    • n obolus [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of brachiopods of the family Lingulidæ, from the Silurian, having orbicular valves.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ()

Usage

In literature:

Lysander immediately requested an addition of an obolus to the daily pay of the seamen.
"A Smaller History of Greece" by William Smith
TRYGAEUS Because, though old and broken-down as he is, he would put to sea on a hurdle to gain an obolus.
"Peace" by Aristophanes
Shakespeare entered the house and tossed up an obolus.
"A House-Boat on the Styx" by John Kendrick Bangs
For this Philocrates skewers the finches together and sells them at the rate of an obolus for seven.
"The Birds" by Aristophanes
I've heard of poor souls packed off by him without an obolus to cross the ferry.
"The Celt and Saxon, Complete" by George Meredith
My obolus is ready; shall I put it in my mouth?
"Unknown to History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
What internal evidence does the Odyssey afford, that Homer sold his Trojan war-ballads at three yards an obolus?
"The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, Vols. I to III" by Cuthbert Bede
Charon will charge my disembodied spirit but a single obolus for crossing his dark ferry.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
He said to himself that this was Styx and the fare an obolus.
"Young Lives" by Richard Le Gallienne
This often supplies the obolus that secures the necessary bit of Cunard passport.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Evidently to humble my pride and beg an obolus of young Berkley.
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
I said to myself that this was Styx and the fare an obolus.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
Other urns contained only some bones and the small coin which has been taken for Charon's obolus.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
Captain Lake received the traveller pretty cordially, but declared his intention of making the king go back without so much as an obolus.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Of course, I should have to pay your obolus.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
According to Philemon it amounted to one obolus, about four cents of our money.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
It might have been a Greek obolus, so utter was his blank astonishment.
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes
An obolus a day each, would be about 23 oz.
"De Re Metallica" by Georgius Agricola
I will none of thee; not a franc, not an obolus.
"From the Oak to the Olive" by Julia Ward Howe
This resembles the practice of the Greeks and Romans, of placing an obolus, Charon's fee, in the mouth of the deceased.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
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