1. liang.
  2. any of various other similar units of weight in the Far East.
  3. a former Chinese money of account, being the value of this weight of standard silver.

Origin of tael

1580–90; < Portuguese < Malay tahil liang
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  1. a unit of weight, used in the Far East, having various values between one to two and a half ounces
  2. (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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