n. pl. drach·mas or drach·mae (-mē)
1. The primary unit of currency in Greece before the adoption of the euro.
2. An ancient Greek silver coin.
3. One of several modern units of weight, especially the dram.
[Latin, from Greek drakhmē, handful, a handful or bundle of six obols such as could be held in the fist (since the early Greek obol had the shape of a long, slender rod), from drassesthai, drakh-, to grasp.]
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