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Acronym for dime weight, also called pennyweight. A measure of weight in the Troy system equal to 24 gr, 0.05 oz, or 1.55 g.
pennyweight An obsolete, non-SI (International system) unit of mass, equal to 1.555 g.
Troy weight containing 24 gr or 120 of a troy ounce; equal to 1.555 g. This unit of measure was previously used for describing the quantities of precious metals, as the amount of gold needed for dental restorations.
References in classic literature
The trees, burdened with the last infinitesimal pennyweight
of snow their branches could hold, stood in absolute petrifaction.
1719-1805) in 1791, is the lightest of all at eight ounces and 4dwt (dwt stands for pennyweights
, 20 of which make up a Troy ounce, the units in which precious metals are measured).
Later there was some controversy as to whether it had beaten Cheshire''s Kelvin Archer''s 16-year-old world record due to the method of weighing - in drams and grains as opposed to pennyweights
The largest ever gooseberry entered was the size of a goose egg, weighing in at 39 pennyweights