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av·oir·du·pois

(av'er-du-poyz'),
A system of weights in which 16 ounces make 1 pound, equivalent to 453.59237 g. See Weights and Measures Appendix.
[Fr. to have weight, corrupted fr. O. Fr. avoir, property, + de, of, + pois, weight]

avoirdupois

/av·oir·du·pois/ (av″er-dah-poiz´) (av-wahr″doo-pwah´) see under weight.

av·oir·du·pois

(av'wahr-dū-pwah')
A system of weights in which 16 oz make a pound, equivalent of 453.59237 g. See Weights and Measures appendix.
[Fr. to have weight, corrupted fr. O. Fr. avoir, property, + de, of, + pois, weight]

avoirdupois

a system of weight used in English-speaking countries for all commodities except drugs, precious stones and precious metals. See also Table 4.1. Now largely superseded by the metric system.
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for bullion remains but is now (W & M Act 1985) not defined in grains but as 12/175 of the Avoirdupois pound.
Strangely, while there is a unique weight for precious metal in the troy ounce, as opposed to the avoirdupois ounce, there is none for wine.
One, from the avoirdupois system, has our familiar 7,000-grain pound.
Then, as now, there was a drive to raise public awareness of the dangers of carrying around any excess avoirdupois, and a great many people who were overweight flocked to the Lancaster Medical Clinic.
John 'Two Jags' Prescott has the avoirdupois of a country squire not averse to brandishing a cudgel or two in support of his claim to a rotten borough seat in Westminster.
The London victor took the Chicago race (Sunday Grandstand, BBC1) for the fourth time, but nobody suggested extra avoirdupois, leg-irons or whatever.