- 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.
Origin of tael
1580–90; < Portuguese < Malay tahil liang
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Examples from the Web for tael
They beat the old man, threw him into the water, and robbed him of a tael of gold.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
He said also that at Ichang it was very shocking how few cash they gave for the tael.Intimate China
Mrs. Archibald Little
The value of the Haikwan tael, or customs tael, is about 4s.
She had only got at Priaman 312 bahars of pepper, and twenty tael of gold.
Liang, lyang, n. a Chinese ounce or tael, reckoned as one-third heavier than the ounce avoirdupois.
- 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
C16: from Portuguese, from Malay tahil weight, perhaps from Hindi tolā weight of a new rupee, from Sanskrit tulā weight