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Billions of kifs, an army of kifs, eating their way across the night.

Today, billions of books are housed in libraries all over the world.

They want India's billions and they want India's man-power for their imperialistic greed.

The enumeration of billions of tons does not convey any distinct impression.

I do know there must be billions of dollars' worth of stocks and bonds in America.

All the billions of germs in a corpse were so immediately released.

Thus were countless millions and billions of human beings killed.

The bacilli are not the only ones who can be numbered in their billions.

By and by would come the billions of mosquitoes to render life unbearable.

The Pleiades are considered to be at a distance of nearly 1500 billions of miles.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, from French billion (originally byllion in Chuquet's unpublished "Le Triparty en la Science des Nombres," 1484; copied by De la Roche, 1520), from bi- "two" (see bi-) + (m)illion. A million million in Britain and Germany (numeration by groups of sixes), which was the original sense; subsequently altered in French to "a thousand million" (numeration by groups of threes) and picked up in that form in U.S., "due in part to French influence after the Revolutionary War" [David E. Smith, "History of Mathematics," 1925]. France then reverted to the original meaning in 1948. British usage is truer to the etymology, but U.S. sense is said to be increasingly common there in technical writing.

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