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 for bezant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bezant \Be*zant"\, n. [See Byzant.]
     1. A gold coin of Byzantium or Constantinople, varying in
        weight and value, usually (those current in England)
        between a sovereign and a half sovereign. There were also
        white or silver bezants. [Written also besant, byzant,
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Her.) A circle in or, i. e., gold, representing the gold
        coin called bezant. --Burke.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A decoration of a flat surface, as of a band or belt,
        representing circular disks lapping one upon another.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in
           Europe in the Middle Ages [syn: bezant, bezzant,
           byzant, solidus]

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