One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With preceding quantifier: as much of something as is valued at or may be bought for a specified (or roughly quantified) number of pounds. In early use also specifically †a piece of land worth a specified number of pounds a year (obsolete).
Old English; earliest use found in Will of Wulfgeat. In some forms from the genitive of pound + worth. In some forms from pound + worth.
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