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riyal

[ree-yawl, -yahl]
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noun
  1. a bronze coin and monetary unit of Qatar, equal to 100 dirhams.
  2. a silver coin and monetary unit of Saudi Arabia, equal to 100 halala or 20 qurush.
  3. (formerly) a coin and monetary unit of the Yemen Arab Republic, equal to 100 fils or 40 buqshas.
Also rial.

Origin of riyal

1935–40; < Arabic riyāl < Spanish real real2
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riyal

noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of Qatar, divided into 100 dirhams; Saudi Arabia, divided into 100 halala; and Yemen, divided into 100 fils

Word Origin

from Arabic riyāl, from Spanish real real ²
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