from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A silver coin in Ancient Greece, equivalent to four drachms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silver coin among the ancient Greeks, of the value of four drachms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A silver coin of ancient Greece, of the value of four drachmas. See drachma.


From Ancient Greek. See tetra- four. (Wiktionary)



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  • "'These are the twin heads of Alexander,' Mayer said, touching the coin with reverence. 'Very rare indeed. It is a tetradrachm, struck to commemorate the battle fought at Amphipolos, and the founding of a city on the site of the battlefield.'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 618

    January 17, 2010