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Why the abbreviation for pound?

From:  "Nacho"

Why is the abbreviation for pound lb. when l or b isn't in the word pound?

Buzz first sent us this response to the question:

lb. is short for libra, the Latin word for a weight that was approximately a pound.

Forrest sent us this to confirm that Buzz was right:

lb. is the abbreviation for the latin "libra" which menas "pound" as per an acronym.abbreviation website.

And Dave G sealed the deal with:

In response to "Why is a pound abbreviated as 'lb'?"...the word pound was derived from a Latin unit of weight called libra; it's pretty easy to see how 'lb.' came about.
 

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