centavos

centavo

[sen-tah-voh; Spanish sen-tah-vaw]
noun, plural centavos [sen-tah-vohz; Spanish sen-tah-vaws] .
the 100th part of the monetary units of various nations, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, and the Philippines.

Origin:
1880–85; < Spanish: the 100th part, equivalent to cent- 100 (see cent) + -avo < Latin -āvum as in octāvum eighth; see octavo

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centavo (sɛnˈtɑːvəʊ)
 
n , pl -vos
1.  a monetary unit of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. It is worth one hundredth of their respective standard units
2.  a former monetary unit of Ecuador, El Salvador, and Portugal, worth one hundredth of their former standard units
 
[Spanish: one hundredth part]

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