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tael

[ teyl ]

noun

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


tael

/ teɪl /

noun

  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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tael1

First recorded in 1580–90; from Portuguese from Malay tahil “liang”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tael1

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

“These are five-tael boxes, more than two pounds,” said Nares, weighing one in his hand.

The tael became thinner and thinner until 2,000 of them piled together made less than three inches in height.

The tael is not a coin, but a certain weight of silver, and therefore its value fluctuates with the value of silver.

But one meets persistently the word “tael” in their estimate of the value of things.

Rupees are also current, and at this time were equivalent to 400 cash—the tael at the same time being worth 1260 cash.

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