abax

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See also: Abax and авах

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek ἄβαξ (abaks, board covered with sand).

Noun[edit]

abax (plural abaxes)

  1. an ancient counting board containing grooves in which counters were placed.
    Basic arithmetic could be done with an abax.
    The abax was a forerunner of the abacus.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural form abaxes is currently unattested.

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