A Doric capital




  • Of prime importance.
  • Chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation.
  • Excellent.
  • Punishable by, or involving punishment by, death.
  • Uppercase.
  • Of or relating to the head.


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  • From Middle English capital, borrowed from Latin capitālis (in sense “head of cattle”), from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.
  • Compare chattel, and kith and kine, which also use “cow” to mean “property”.

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