piasters

piaster

[pee-as-ter, -ah-ster]
noun
1.
a former coin of Turkey, the 100th part of a lira: replaced by the kurus in 1933.
2.
a monetary unit of Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria, the 100th part of a pound.
3.
a former monetary unit of South Vietnam: replaced by the dong in 1976.
4.
the former peso or dollar of Spain and Spanish America.
Also, piastre.


Origin:
1605–15; < French piastre < Italian piastra thin sheet of metal, silver coin (short for piastra d'argento, literally, plate of silver), akin to piastro plaster

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piaster
"Sp. dollar" (1630), also "monetary unit and coin of Turkey" (1611, in Turk., ghurush, originally debased Sp. dollars), from Fr. piastre, from It. piastra "thin metal plate," short for impiastro "plaster," from L. emplastrum, from Gk. emplastron (see plaster).
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