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rappen

[rah-puh n] /ˈrɑ pən/
noun, plural rappen.
1.
a bronze coin and monetary unit of Switzerland; centime.
Origin of rappen
Swiss German
late Middle High German
1830-1840
1830-40; < Swiss German; late Middle High German rappen a type of coin first minted in Alsace, literally, raven (a jocular reference to the eagle on the coin), declensional variant of Middle High German rappe, a by-form of raben, Old High German hraban; see raven1
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