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Oz

(for ounce). z made with a tail (3) resembles the old terminal mark 3, indicating a contraction- as vi3. a contraction of vi[delicet]; quib 3, a contraction of quibus; s 3, a contraction of sed (but), and so on.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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