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    I was reading an article on criminal sentences in 1834 and the sentence of "calmos" was used. What is a calmo?

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    Please print the sentence or paragraph. This could be a typo or a foreign word, but I have never heard of it.

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    I was reading an article on criminal sentences in 1834 and the sentence of "calmos" was used. What is a calmo?
    As you refer to 'calmos' as a 'sentence', maybe it's an acronym - I've no idea what "CALMOS" might stand for though.

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    It might be a place or prison name.

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    Or it might be an abbreviation for 'calendar months'. If I were doing a crossword, I might suspect that it broke down like this

    ca => abbreviation for Latin circa (='about')
    l => Roman numeral: 50
    mos => abbreviation for 'months'

    - making the whole thing refer to a sentence of 'about 50 months'; but I think "calendar "months" is more likely.

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