Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dram.
  • n. A drachma.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of weight in the apothecaries' weight system of measure.
  • n. A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drachma.
  • n. Same as Dram.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as drachma and dramatic

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of capacity or volume in the apothecary system equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce
  • n. a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
  • n. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 60 minims or 3.5516 cubic centimeters

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek δραχμή (drachmē, "a weight and coin"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It should be put up in short drachm bottles and sold at twenty-five cents.

    One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed

  • The drachm was a Grecian coin, worth about 12 1/2 cents [about 7d.] of our money.

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • Coins found in the rebels 'cache include, clockwise from top: a silver tetra-drachm showing the image of the Temple in Jerusalem surrounded by the name "Shimon"; a locally produced bronze coin with the image of the goddess Astarte; a gold aureus of the emperor Tiberius.

    Artifact

  • So he bade him work the shears13 and cut it into bittocks and cast it into the crucible and blow up the fire with the bellows, till the copper became liquid, when he put hand to turband and took therefrom a folded paper and opening it, sprinkled thereout into the pot about half a drachm of somewhat like yellow

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • There found he also a mappa mundi figuring the earth and the seas and the different cities and countries and villages of the world; and he found a vast saloon full of hermetic powder, one drachm of which elixir would turn a thousand drachms of silver into fine gold; likewise a marvellous mirror, great and round, of mixed metals, which had been made for Solomon, son of

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Take one drachm of ebeny and nine oboli of burnt copper, rub them upon a whetstone, add three oboli of saffron; triturate all these things reduced to a fine powder, pour in an Attic hemina of sweet wine, and then place in the sun and cover up; when sufficiently digested, use it.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • The sesamoides purges upwards when pounded in oxymel to the amount of a drachm and a half, and drunk; it is combined with the hellebores, to the amount of the third part, and thus it is less apt to produce suffocation.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • Another: - Of the roasted flower of copper half a drachm, of myrrh two half-drachms, of saffron three drachms, of honey a small quantity, to be boiled with wine.

    On Ulcers

  • Lord Mountclere without a drachm of feeling; pointing to

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • But I tell her, that I would not have a single drachm of those over-lively ones which I see she will plaij off upon Lord G.

    Sir Charles Grandison

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  • An obsolete spelling of the modern dram unit of volume measurement.

    September 24, 2009