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shroff

[ shrof ]
/ ʃrɒf /
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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.
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Origin of shroff

1610–20; earlier sharoffe<Portuguese xarrafo, probably <Gujarati śaraf<Arabic ṣayrāfī moneychanger
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British Dictionary definitions for shroff

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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