from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A unit of currency formerly used in Brazil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The monetary unit of Brazil from 1942 to 1986 and 1990 to 1993.
Portuguese, from cruz, cross (from the figure on the coin), from Latin crux.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese cruzeiro (literally "large cross"). (Wiktionary)