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tael

[ teyl ]
/ teɪl /
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noun
any of various other similar units of weight in the Far East.
a former Chinese money of account, being the value of this weight of standard silver.
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Origin of tael

1580–90; <Portuguese <Malay tahil liang
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British Dictionary definitions for tael

tael
/ (teɪl) /

noun
a unit of weight, used in the Far East, having various values between one to two and a half ounces
(formerly) a Chinese monetary unit equivalent in value to a tael weight of standard silver

Word Origin for tael

C16: from Portuguese, from Malay tahil weight, perhaps from Hindi tolā weight of a new rupee, from Sanskrit tulā weight
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