uncia ([schwa]n-shee-[schwa]), n. [Latin]

1. Roman law. One-twelfth of the as (a pound or, by analogy, an estate or inheritance). ? The English word ounce is derived from this term. Cf. AS; BES.

2. Hist. A measure of land used in a royal charter. ? The size of an uncia is unclear, but it may have measured 1,200 square feet (i.e., 12 modii).

3. Generally, the proportion of one-twelfth.

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