Definitions

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  • noun A unit of weight in the Ottoman Empire and certain successor states, of variable value, but generally about 1¼ kilograms (2¾ pounds).
  • noun A unit of volume in Egypt (and formerly Turkey) corresponding to about 1.2 litres.

Etymologies

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From Italian oca, from French oque, from Turkish okka. The Turkish is sometimes said to be from Arabic وقية (wuqīye), but some dispute this, since the latter denotes a much smaller weight. The Arabic is probably through Syriac from Greek ουγκιά, from Latin uncia ("ounce, twelfth part"), from unus ("one").

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  • Not only a Turkish unit of measure, but also a wonderful Canadian (Québecois) cheese.

    May 19, 2008