Definitions

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  • n. A bronze medal or medallion with a deep furrow on the contour or edge, supposed to have been struck in the days of Constantine and his successors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a furrowed circumference or circular furrow.
  • n. 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.

Etymologies

Italian contorniato, present participle of contorniare ("to make a circuit or outline"). (Wiktionary)

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  • A term for the Wordnik coin and medal listers, as well as those interested in Roman history.

    October 22, 2011