uncial


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Uncial \Un"cial\, a. [L. uncialis amounting to the twelfth part
   of a pound or a foot, from uncia the twelfth part of a pound
   or of a foot, an ounce, an inch: cf. F. oncial. See Inch a
   measure.]
   Of, pertaining to, or designating, a certain style of letters
   used in ancient manuscripts, esp. in Greek and Latin
   manuscripts. The letters are somewhat rounded, and the
   upstrokes and downstrokes usually have a slight inclination.
   These letters were used as early as the 1st century b. c.,
   and were seldom used after the 10th century a. d., being
   superseded by the cursive style.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Uncial \Un"cial\, n.
   An uncial letter.
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