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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
L. S. D.
Latin, libra (a pound); soldus (a shilling); and denarus (a penny); through the Italian lire (2 syl.), soldi, denari. If farthings are expressed the letter q (quadrans) is employed. Introduced by the Lombard merchants, from whom also we have Cr. (creditor), Dr. (debtor), bankrupt, do or ditto, etc.   1


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