a score or so of wholesome plants

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Couch Tomato

Senior Member
Russian & Dutch
Our agriculture and horticulture destroy a weed just here and there and cultivate perhaps a score or so of wholesome plants, leaving the greater number to fight out a balance as they can.
(The Time Machine – H. G. Wells)

(The entire text can be found here on the Project Gutenberg website.)

Is this the right definition of 'score'?

a group or set of twenty: three score years and ten


Thank you in advance.
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    It's fairly old-fashioned, but "score" was more used in the past, especially in a formal context. A famous speech by US President Abraham Lincoln, delivered on a battlefield near the city of Gettyburg during the Civil War of the 1860s and known as "The Gettysburg Address", begins: "Four score and seven years ago, . . . ". He went on to talk about the founding of the independent nation 87 years earlier.
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