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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ounce
  1. A weight, the sixteenth part of a pound avoirdupois, and containing 28.35 grams or 4371/2 grains.
  2. [Troy Weight] The twelfth part of a troy pound; one troy ounce weighs 31.103486 grams, 8 drams, or 480 grains. Alt. spell.: troyounce
  3. Fig.: A small portion; a bit.(Obs)"By ounces hung his locks that he had." [Chaucer.]

Note: ☞ The troy ounce contains twenty pennyweights, each of twenty-four grains, or, in all, 480 grains, and is the twelfth part of the troy pound. The troy ounce is also a weight in apothecaries' weight.

Etymology: F. once, fr. L. uncia a twelfth, the twelfth part of a pound or of a foot: cf. Gr. 'o`gkos bulk, mass, atom. Cf. 2d Inch Oke

noun Ounce
A feline quadruped (Felis irbis syn. Felis uncia) resembling the leopard in size, and somewhat in color, but it has longer and thicker fur, which forms a short mane on the back. The ounce is pale yellowish gray, with irregular dark spots on the neck and limbs, and dark rings on the body. It inhabits the lofty mountain ranges of Asia. Called also once.

Etymology: F. once; cf. It. lonza, Sp. onza; prob. for lonce, taken as l'once, fr. L. lynx, Gr. �, or an (assumed) fem. adj. lyncea, from lynx. Cf. Lynx

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  1. Large feline of upland central Asia having long thick whitish fur
  2. A unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound or 16 drams or 28.349 grams
  3. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a troy pound

From Middle French once, from Latin uncia (“1/12 part”), from ūnus (“one”). Doublet of inch.

  1. An avoirdupois ounce, weighing 1/16 of an avoirdupois pound, or 28.3495 grams.
  2. A troy ounce, weighing 1/12 of a troy pound, or 480 grains, or 31.1035 grams.
  3. A US fluid ounce, with a volume of 1/16 of a US pint, 1.804 687 cubic inches or 29.573 531 milliliters.
  4. A British imperial fluid ounce, with a volume of 1/20 of an imperial pint, 1.733871 cubic inches or 28.413063 millilitres.
  5. A little bit.
    He didn't feel even an of regret for his actions.

From French once, from lonce (“lynx”), by false division (the l was thought to be the article), from Latin lynx, from Ancient Greek λύγξ (lúnx, “lynx”). Interestingly, the taxon of the snow leopard is a Latinisation using the root of ounce (1).

  1. The snow leopard, Uncia uncia.

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    Past life for Ounce born Nov 1, 1955

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of France approximately on 1525. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

    Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. Your problem - to learn to love and to trust the Universe. You are bound to think, study, reflect and develop inner wisdom.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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