widow's mite

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Etymology[edit]

From the Bible account of the poor widow's donation to the temple contribution box. Found at Mark 12.38-44 and Luke 21.1-4

Noun[edit]

widow's mite (plural widow's mites)

  1. A very small gift or donation which, however, represents a great sacrifice on the part of the giver.
  2. (numismatics) Name given to the lepton coin.