sycee

[ sahy-see ]

noun
  1. fine uncoined silver in lumps of various sizes usually bearing a banker's or assayer's stamp or mark, formerly used in China as a medium of exchange.

Origin of sycee

1
1705–15; <Chinese dial. (Guangdong) sai-sì, akin to Chinese xìsī silk floss; so called because it can be made into wire as fine as silk thread
  • Also called sycee silver.

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sycee

sycee silver

/ (saɪˈsiː) /


noun
  1. silver ingots formerly used as a medium of exchange in China

Origin of sycee

1
C18: from Chinese saì sz fine silk; so called because the silver can be made into threads as fine as silk

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