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piastre

piaster

/ (pɪˈæstə) /
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noun

(formerly) the standard monetary unit of South Vietnam, divided into 100 cents
a fractional monetary unit of Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria worth one hundredth of a pound; formerly also used in the Sudan
another name for kuruş
a rare word for piece of eight

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Word Origin for piastre

C17: from French piastre, from Italian piastra d'argento silver plate; related to Italian piastro plaster
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