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three +‎ score, compare the etymology of Danish tres



threescore (plural threescores)

  1. (archaic) Sixty. (60)
    And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God. 1 Chronicles 9:13
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, XXI:
      Words cannot picture her; but all men know
      That solemn sketch the pure sad artist wrought
      Three centuries and threescore years ago
    • 2012 January 1, Robert L. Dorit, “Rereading Darwin”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 23:
      We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.

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