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[pahys] /paɪs/
noun, plural pice.
a former bronze coin of British India, one quarter of an anna.
Compare pie5 .
paisa (def 1).
Origin of pice
First recorded in 1605-15, pice is from the Marathi word paisā Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The version is to be found, I think, in C4.2, which is the pice justicative.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • To travel about the world with the 'pice de conviction' in his possession.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • The rates for parching are a pice a seer or an eighth part of the grain.

  • A roast sucking-pig is always a pice de resistance at a feast.


    Sir Henry Arthur Blake
  • There is always a bowl as a pice de rsistance, a bowl that only a Morgan could afford to own.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • The Hindu pays a ransom of a pice or two and the crow is released.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling
  • The caps are of all prices, from three or four pice to fifteen rupees.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • This was the pice de rsistance of the canoe-men's experience.

  • I do not care two pice for that; though I should have been sorry if he had not risen.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • "Hazur, thy servant has not a pice," faltered the khansaman.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for pice


noun (pl) pice
a former Indian coin worth one sixty-fourth of a rupee
Word Origin
C17: from Mahratti paisā
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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