[bal-boh-uh; Spanish bahl-baw-ah]


Vas·co Nú·ñez de [bahs-kaw noo-nyeth th e] /ˈbɑs kɔ ˈnu nyɛθ ðɛ/, 1475?–1517, Spanish adventurer and explorer who discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513.
a seaport in Panama at the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal.
(lowercase) a silver coin and monetary unit of Panama, equal to 100 centesimos. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the standard currency unit of Panama, divided into 100 centesimos

Word Origin for balboa

named after Vasco Núñez de Balboa




Vasco Núñez de (ˈbasko ˈnuɲeθ de). ?1475–1519, Spanish explorer, who discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513




a port in Panama at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal: the administrative centre of the former Canal Zone. Pop: 2750 (1990)
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