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paisa

[ pahy-sah for 1; pahy-sah for 2 ]
/ paɪˈsɑ for 1; ˈpaɪ sɑ for 2 /
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noun, plural pai·se [pahy-sey]. /paɪˈseɪ/.
Also pice. an aluminum coin and monetary unit, one 100th of the rupee of India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
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Origin of paisa

First recorded in 1880–85; from Hindi, Bengali paisā, probably from Sanskrit pāda “quarter” + aṃśa “quarter part”; see origin at pada
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British Dictionary definitions for paisa

paisa
/ (ˈpaɪsɑː) /

noun plural -se (-seɪ)
a monetary unit of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan worth one hundredth of a rupee

Word Origin for paisa

from Hindi
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