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2009-02-02 16:15:00

A Florida-based treasure-hunting firm reported the discovery of a British Royal Navy warship on Monday. The HMS Victory, which belonged to Admiral Sir John Balchin was lost in 1744. Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. reported the discovery of the ship, which was considered to be the last Royal Navy warship to be lost at sea with a complete complement of bronze cannon, the company said in a statement. Shares of the exploration firm jumped more than 32 percent on Monday after the find...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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