Twelvepenny-nail meaning

twĕlv'pĕn'ē
A nail 3.5 inches (8.25 centimeters) long.
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(dated) A relatively large nail, three and one-quarter inches (8.25 centimeters) in length.
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Origin of twelvepenny-nail

  • From the original price per hundred
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition