Four Similar Words

Carat, Caret, Carrot, & Karat

Carat

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Carat is the unit of weight for precious stones.

In the metric system, it’s equivalent to 200 milligrams or 1/5 of a gram.

In the United States, one carat equals 0.007 ounce.

Caret

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Caret is an inverted V-shaped mark (^) made a on written or printed matter to show that something needs to be inserted at that point in the text.

Carrot

Carrot is an edible plant, more specifically an orange root.

Karat

Karat is a measure of the purity, or fineness, of gold. Pure gold is 24 karats.

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