sycee

[sahy-see]
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noun

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.
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sycee

sycee silver

noun

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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