tael

tael

[teyl]
noun
2.
any of various other similar units of weight in the Far East.
3.
a former Chinese money of account, being the value of this weight of standard silver.

Origin:
1580–90; < Portuguese < Malay tahil liang

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tael (teɪl)
 
n
1.  a unit of weight, used in the Far East, having various values between one to two and a half ounces
2.  (formerly) a Chinese monetary unit equivalent in value to a tael weight of standard silver
 
[C16: from Portuguese, from Malay tahil weight, perhaps from Hindi tolā weight of a new rupee, from Sanskrit tulā weight]

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tael

a Chinese unit of weight that, when applied to silver, was long used as a unit of currency. Most taels were equivalent to 1.3 ounces of silver.

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