shroff

[ shrof ]
/ ʃrɒf /

noun

(in India) a banker or money-changer.
(in the Far East, especially China) a native expert employed to test coins and separate the base from the genuine.

verb (used with object)

to test (coins) in order to separate the base from the genuine.

Origin of shroff

1610–20; earlier sharoffe < Portuguese xarrafo, probably < Gujarati śaraf < Arabic ṣayrāfī moneychanger
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shroff
/ (ʃrɒf) /

noun

(in China, Japan, etc, esp formerly) an expert employed to separate counterfeit money or base coin from the genuine
(in India) a moneychanger or banker

verb

(tr) to test (money) and separate out the counterfeit and base

Word Origin for shroff

C17: from Portuguese xarrafo, from Hindi sarrāf moneychanger, from Arabic
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