shekel

(D.V., sicle; Hebrew: sheqel, to weigh)

An ancient unit of weight of the Babylonians, Phoenicians, and Hebrews, equal to one sixtieth of a pound. It was also the name of the chief silver coin of the Hebrews, and is mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 24; Exodus 30 ; 2nd Kings 14).

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