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(1)   Large feline of upland central Asia having long thick whitish fur
(2)   A unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound or 16 drams or 28.349 grams
(3)   A unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a pound


abbreviation oz.
  1. An avoirdupois ounce, weighing 1/16 of an avoirdupois pound, or 28.3495 grams.
  2. A troy ounce, weighing 1/12 of a troy pound, or 480 grains, or 31.1035 grams.
  3. A US fluid ounce, with a volume of 1/16 of a US pint, 1.804 687 cubic inches or 29.573 531 milliliters.
  4. A British imperial fluid ounce, with a volume of 1/20 of an imperial pint, 1.733871 cubic inches or 28.413063 milliliters.
  5. A little bit.
    He didn't feel even an ounce of regret for his actions.

Etymology 2

Via French once, lonce, by false division (the l was thought to be the article), from Latin lynx, from (lunx), lynx. Interestingly, the taxon of the snow leopard is a Latinisation using the root of ounce (1).