Definition of congius in English:
noun (plural congii-jēˌī)
An ancient Roman liquid measure of one eighth of an amphora, equal in modern terms to about 6.4 pints (3.6 liters).
- During the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth months let them have a sextarius [about a pint] per day or five congii per month.
- Some amphoras seem to be multiples of the choe, equivalent to the Roman congius.
- But just when I thought it was going to get good and circular it turns out that a congius is roughly equal to six pints, and so a sextarius is one pint.
Late Middle English: Latin, from Greek konkhion, konkhē (see conch).
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