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[kroo-sey-doh, -zah-]
noun, plural cru·sa·does, cru·sa·dos.
  1. an early Portuguese coin of gold or silver, bearing the figure of a cross.
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Also cruzado.

Origin of crusado

First recorded in 1535–45, crusado is from the Portuguese word cruzado crossed, marked with a cross. See cross, -ate1
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cruzado (kruːˈzeɪdəʊ, Portuguese kruˈzɑːdu)

noun plural -does or -dos (-dəʊz, Portuguese -duʃ)
  1. a former gold or silver coin of Portugal bearing on its reverse the figure of a cross
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Word Origin

C16: literally, marked with a cross, from cruzar to bear a cross; see crusade
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