a rand

Rand

[rand]
noun
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rand1 (rænd, rɒnt)
 
n
the standard monetary unit of the Republic of South Africa, divided into 100 cents
 
[C20: from Afrikaans, shortened from Witwatersrand, referring to the gold-mining there; related to rand²]

rand2 (rænd)
 
n
1.  shoemaking a leather strip put in the heel of a shoe before the lifts are put on
2.  dialect
 a.  a strip or margin; border
 b.  a strip of cloth; selvage
 
[Old English; related to Old High German rant border, rim of a shield, Old Norse rönd shield, rim]

Rand (rænd)
 
n
the Rand short for Witwatersrand

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