from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The monetary unit of Macau, equal to 100 avos.
  • n. A monetary unit used during the 16th century and 17th century in Malta in the form of a large copper coin.
  • n. A monetary unit of account used in Portuguese Timor intermittently between 1894 and 1958.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Spanish dollar; -- called also patacoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Portuguese silver coin formerly struck for currency in Brazil; a dollar, or piece of eight. Also patacoon.
  • n. A Portuguese coin of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, equal to 320 reis.
  • n. A Portuguese coin of Mozambique, equal to 6 crusados.
  • n. A silver coin of Macao and Timor, equivalent to 100 avos or 41.63 cents.
  • n. A copper coin of Portugal, equal to 2 cuartos.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the basic unit of money in Macao


Portuguese, from Arabic 'abū ṭāqa : 'abū, father of, possessing, bound form of 'ab, father; see אb in Semitic roots + ṭāqa, window (from ṭāqa, to be able, sustain; see ṭwq in Semitic roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The loan is in Hong Kong dollars, the main betting currency of Macau (its own currency is called the pataca).

    Macau’s Big Gamble

  • This comes after its board approved a contribution of 158 million Macau pataca ($20 million) to the share capital of Air Macau, says the Star Alliance carrier.


  • About two hours before daybreak you will hear the red monkey moaning as though in deep distress; the houtou, a solitary bird, and only found in the thickest recesses of the forest, distinctly articulates "houtou, houtou," in a low and plaintive tone an hour before sunrise; the maam whistles about the same hour; the hannaquoi, pataca and maroudi announce his near approach to the eastern horizon, and the parrots and paroquets confirm his arrival there.

    Wanderings in South America

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