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  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.
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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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Historical Examples of sycee

  • Then we got sycee silver, which was prohibited for exportation.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Repeat, word for word, as closely as you can remember, all that was told you by the sycee Rung.

    The Argosy


  • The silver used in these exchanges is called Sycee silver, and is apparently of any shape or size.

  • It would be possible to change them for copper cash or Sycee silver, but that would involve delay and perhaps trouble.

  • Memorials were presented to the Emperor on the subject, and the export of sycee was prohibited.

    The Truth about Opium

    William H. Brereton

British Dictionary definitions for sycee


sycee silver

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