Definitions for okaˈoʊ kə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oka(noun)

    a Turkish unit of weight equal to about 2.75 pounds

  2. oka(noun)

    a Turkish liquid unit equal to 1.3 pints

  3. oca, oka, Oxalis tuberosa, Oxalis crenata(noun)

    South American wood sorrel cultivated for its edible tubers


  1. oka(Noun)

    A unit of weight in the Ottoman Empire and certain successor states, of variable value, but generally about 1u00BC kilograms (2u00BE pounds).

  2. oka(Noun)

    A unit of volume in Egypt (and formerly Turkey) corresponding to about 1.2 litres.

  3. Oka(Noun)

    A kind of pungent, semi-soft cheese, originally made by Trappist monks in Oka, Quebec.

  4. Oka(ProperNoun)

    A river in central Russia, the largest right tributary of the Volga.

  5. Oka(ProperNoun)

    w:Oka, Quebec, a Canadian village.

  6. Origin: From oca, from oque, from okka. The Turkish is sometimes said to be from وقية, but some dispute this, since the latter denotes a much smaller weight. The Arabic is probably through Syriac from ουγκιά, from uncia, from unus.


  1. Oka

    The oka, okka, or oke was an Ottoman measure of mass, equal to 400 dirhems. Its value varied, but it was standardized in the late empire as 1.2829 kilograms. 'Oka' is the most usual spelling today; 'oke' was the usual contemporary English spelling; 'okka' is the modern Turkish spelling, and is usually used in academic work about the Ottoman Empire. In Turkey, the traditional unit is now called the eski okka 'old oka' or kara okka 'black okka'; the yeni okka 'new okka' is the kilogram. In Greece, the oka was standardized at 1.282 kg and remained in use until traditional units were abolished on March 31, 1959—the metric system had been adopted in 1876, but the older units remained in use. In Cyprus, the oka remained in use until the 1980s. In Egypt, the monetary oka weighted 1.23536 kg. In Tripolitania, it weighed 1.2208 kg, equal to 2½ artals. The oka was also used as a unit of volume. In Wallachia, it was 1.283 liters of liquid and 1.537 l of grain. In Greece, an oka of oil was 1.280 kg.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Oka

    a river of Central Russia, which rises in Orel and flows N., then E., then N. again, joining the Volga at Nijni-Novgorod after a course of over 700 m., navigable nearly all the way; on its banks are Orel, Kaluga, and Riazan, while Moscow stands on an affluent.

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