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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A native of some country lying eastward of another; an Oriental: formerly applied in England to the Hanse merchants and to traders in general from parts of Germany and from the shores of the Baltic.
  • noun The name given to the English silver pennies (also called sterlings) of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries; also to European imitations of the same. See sterling.
  • noun The common widgeon, Mareca penelope. Latham.
  • noun The smew or white nun, Mergellus albellus. Montagu.
  • Belonging to the money of the Easterlings or Baltic traders. See sterling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to the money of the Easterlings, or Baltic traders. See sterling.
  • noun A native of a country eastward of another; -- used, by the English, of traders or others from the coasts of the Baltic.
  • noun A piece of money coined in the east by Richard II. of England.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The smew.

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