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1An Egyptian and former Turkish unit of weight, variable but now usually equal to approximately 1.3 kg (23/4 lb).
- ‘At the time of the Italian invasion in October 1940 an oka (1.3kg., or nearly 3lb.) of bread cost 10 drachmas.’
2An Egyptian and former Turkish unit of capacity equal to approximately 0.2 litre (1/3 pint).
Early 17th century: via Italian and French oque from Turkish okka, from Arabic ūqīya, based on Latin uncia ‘ounce’.
A variety of cured Canadian cheese, made by Trappist monks.
- ‘The beet, apple and Oka salad was served in a light, flaky filo cup.’
- ‘The omelettes are great, made with three extra large eggs and an array of cheeses from Oka to Monterey Jack.’
- ‘I think Oka is a bit too pungent for a cheese plate, as it can overpower the other selections.’
Named after a town in southern Quebec, where the cheese is made.
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