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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Penny  \Pen"ny\,  a.  [Perh.  a  corruption  of  pun,  for  pound.] 
  Denoting  pound  weight  for  one  thousand;  --  used  in 
  combination,  with  respect  to  nails;  as  tenpenny  nails,  nails 
  of  which  one  thousand  weight  ten  pounds. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Penny  \Pen*ny\,  n.;  pl  {Pennies}or  {Pence}.  Pennies  denotes  the 
  number  of  coins;  pence  the  amount  of  pennies  in  value.  [OE. 
  peni,  AS  penig,  pening,  pending;  akin  to  D.  penning,  OHG. 
  pfenning,  pfenting  G.  pfennig,  Icel.  penningr;  of  uncertain 
  1.  An  English  coin,  formerly  of  copper,  now  of  bronze,  the 
  twelfth  part  of  an  English  shilling  in  account  value,  and 
  equal  to  four  farthings,  or  about  two  cents;  --  usually 
  indicated  by  the  abbreviation  d.  (the  initial  of 
  Note:  ``The  chief  Anglo-Saxon  coin,  and  for  a  long  period  the 
  only  one  corresponded  to  the  denarius  of  the  Continent 
  .  .  .  [and  was]  called  penny,  denarius,  or  denier.'' 
  --R.  S.  Poole.  The  ancient  silver  penny  was  worth  about 
  three  pence  sterling  (see  {Pennyweight}).  The  old 
  Scotch  penny  was  only  one  twelfth  the  value  of  the 
  English  coin.  In  the  United  States  the  word  penny  is 
  popularly  used  for  cent. 
  2.  Any  small  sum  or  coin;  a  groat;  a  stiver.  --Shak. 
  3.  Money,  in  general;  as  to  turn  an  honest  penny. 
  What  penny  hath  Rome  borne,  What  men  provided,  what 
  munition  sent?  --Shak. 
  4.  (Script.)  See  {Denarius}. 
  {Penny  cress}  (Bot.),  an  annual  herb  of  the  Mustard  family, 
  having  round,  flat  pods  like  silver  pennies  ({Thlaspi 
  arvense}).  --Dr.  Prior. 
  {Penny  dog}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  kind  of  shark  found  on  the  South 
  coast  of  Britain:  the  tope. 
  {Penny  father},  a  penurious  person;  a  niggard.  [Obs.] 
  --Robinson  (More's  Utopia). 
  {Penny  grass}  (Bot.),  pennyroyal.  [R.] 
  {Penny  post},  a  post  carrying  a  letter  for  a  penny;  also  a 
  mail  carrier. 
  {Penny  wise},  wise  or  prudent  only  in  small  matters;  saving 
  small  sums  while  losing  larger;  --  used  chiefly  in  the 
  phrase,  penny  wise  and  pound  foolish. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Penny  \Pen"ny\,  a. 
  Worth  or  costing  one  penny. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (used  in  combination)  priced  as  indicated;  "`penny'  is  a 
  combining  form  in  such  expressions  as  `sixpenny 
  2:  priced  at  1  cent;  "penny  candy" 
  n  1:  a  fractional  monetary  unit  of  Ireland  and  the  United 
  Kingdom;  equal  to  one  hundredth  of  a  pound 
  2:  a  coin  worth  one-hundredth  of  the  value  of  the  basic  unit 
  [syn:  {cent},  {centime}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Gr.  denarion),  a  silver  coin  of  the  value  of  about  7  1/2d.  or 
  8d.  of  our  present  money.  It  is  thus  rendered  in  the  New 
  Testament,  and  is  more  frequently  mentioned  than  any  other  coin 
  (Matt.  18:28;  20:2,  9,  13;  Mark  6:37;  14:5,  etc.).  It  was  the 
  daily  pay  of  a  Roman  soldier  in  the  time  of  Christ.  In  the  reign 
  of  Edward  III.  an  English  penny  was  a  labourer's  day's  wages. 
  This  was  the  "tribute  money"  with  reference  to  which  our  Lord 
  said  "Whose  image  and  superscription  is  this?"  When  they 
  answered,  "Caesar's,"  he  replied,  "Render  therefore  to  Caesar 
  the  things  that  are  Caesar's;  and  to  God  the  things  that  are 
  God's"  (Matt.  22:19;  Mark  12:15). 

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