Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The former primary unit of currency in Portugal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Spanish silver coin, in value equal to about 50 cents in United States money.
  • noun A gold coin of Chile, of the value of five pesos, equal to $1.825.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state currency formerly used in Portugal, divided into 100 centavos. The symbol is $.
  • noun The currency formerly used in Chile and replaced by the Peso.
  • noun The current currency of Cape Verde

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

  • noun the basic unit of money on Cape Verde; equal to 100 centavos
  • noun formerly the basic monetary unit of Portugal; equal to 100 centavo

Etymologies

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

[Portuguese and Spanish, shield, escudo, from Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

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