(in India) a banker or money-changer.
(in the Far East, especially China) a native expert employed to test coins and separate the base from the genuine.
verb (used with object)
to test (coins) in order to separate the base from the genuine.

1610–20; earlier sharoffe < Portuguese xarrafo, probably < Gujarati śaraf < Arabic ṣayrāfī moneychanger Unabridged
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shroff (ʃrɒf)
1.  (in China, Japan, etc, esp formerly) an expert employed to separate counterfeit money or base coin from the genuine
2.  (in India) a moneychanger or banker
3.  (tr) to test (money) and separate out the counterfeit and base
[C17: from Portuguese xarrafo, from Hindi sarrāf moneychanger, from Arabic]

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