[ sahy-see ]
/ saɪˈsi /


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

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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sycee silver

/ (saɪˈsiː) /


silver ingots formerly used as a medium of exchange in China

Word Origin for sycee

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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