[kos, kaws] /kɒs, kɔs/

one of the Greek Dodecanese Islands in the SE Aegean Sea, off the SW coast of Turkey. 111 sq. mi. (287 sq. km).
noun (pl) kos
an Indian unit of distance having different values in different localities. It is usually between 1 and 3 miles or 1 and 5 kilometres Also called coss
an island in the SE Aegean Sea, in the Greek Dodecanese Islands: separated from SW Turkey by the Kos Channel; settled in ancient times by Dorians and became famous for literature and medicine. Pop: 30 947 (2001). Area: 282 sq km (109 sq miles)

measure of distance in India (about 2 miles), from Hindi kos, from Sanskrit krosah, literally “a call, a shout;” thus, “distance within which a man’s shout can be heard.”


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