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a gold coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, from Caesar to Constantine I.
Historical Examples

As loyal, at any rate, as men who would sell their souls for an aureus, answered the Spaniard.
Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar

I will trust you, said Onesimus; and tearing the aureus from the hem of his dark serge dress, he slipped it into Crotos hand.
Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar

Auripes is from aureus, yellow or golden; pes, foot; so called from its yellow stem.
The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise M. E. Hard

It was sometimes called Mons aureus, from the golden colour of its sandy soil.
Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes

The reverse of an aureus of the reign of Titus represents the Colosseum with these statues and a quadriga in the centre.
The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2 George Gordon Byron

The human Canis aureus perhaps deserves his title on not less obvious grounds.
Raemaekers’ Cartoons Louis Raemaekers

Croto, if I gave you an aureus, would you swear to let me have a chance to escape?
Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar

Staphylococcus pyogenes albus, the white coccus, acts like the aureus, but is more feeble in power.
Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry Maximilian Stern

He understood the aureus calculus and could cast a horoscope with any man living.
Pretty Michal Mr Jkai

Primo avulso non deficit alter / aureus—The first 50 being wrenched away, another of gold succeeds.
Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources James Wood

noun (pl) aurei (ˈɔːrɪˌaɪ)
a gold coin of the Roman Empire


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