One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 liter (1/3 pint).
Early 17th century: via Italian and French oque from Turkish okka, from Arabic ūqīya, based on Latin uncia ‘ounce’.
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