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British Dictionary definitions for manilla



an early form of currency in W Africa in the pattern of a small bracelet

Word Origin for manilla

from Spanish: bracelet, diminutive of mano hand, from Latin manus
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Word Origin and History for manilla

variant of Manila, especially in manilla paper (1832).


"ring, bracelet," from Spanish manilla, from Latin monilia, plural of monile "collar, necklace" (see mane). Influenced in Spanish by Spanish mano "hand."

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