Congiaries
Congiary Con"gi*a*ry, n.; pl. {Congiaries}. [L. congiarium, fr. congius a liquid measure.] A present, as of corn, wine, or oil, made by a Roman emperor to the soldiers or the people; -- so called because measured to each in a congius. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Note: In later years, when gifts of money were distributed, the name congius was retained. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • Congiary — Con gi*a*ry, n.; pl. {Congiaries}. [L. congiarium, fr. congius a liquid measure.] A present, as of corn, wine, or oil, made by a Roman emperor to the soldiers or the people; so called because measured to each in a congius. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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