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  • n. A former money of account in Goa, India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A money of account once used in in Goa, India, equivalent to about 2s. 6d. sterling. or 60 cts. (in 1913).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See pardao.

Etymologies

Portuguese pardao, from Sanskrit word meaning "splendour, majesty". (Wiktionary)

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  • "The name of a vessel used in the Chinese seas, both for trade and war; they are not so large as junks, but similar, except that their sails are slackly laced by one side to the masts, instead of being suspended by a yard."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 333

    October 11, 2008