sycee silver

sycee

[sahy-see]
noun
fine uncoined silver in lumps of various sizes usually bearing a banker's or assayer's stamp or mark, formerly used in China as a medium of exchange.
Also called sycee silver.


Origin:
1705–15; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) sai-sì, akin to Chinese xìsī silk floss; so called because it can be made into wire as fine as silk thread

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sycee or sycee silver (saɪˈsiː)
 
n
silver ingots formerly used as a medium of exchange in China
 
[C18: from Chinese saì sz fine silk; so called because the silver can be made into threads as fine as silk]
 
sycee silver or sycee silver
 
n
 
[C18: from Chinese saì sz fine silk; so called because the silver can be made into threads as fine as silk]

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