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sycee

[sahy-see] /saɪˈsi/
noun
1.
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
1705-1715
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

/saɪˈsiː/
noun
1.
silver ingots formerly used as a medium of exchange in China
Word Origin
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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