Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A piece of ring-money such as was until recent times used for barter on the Guinea coast of Africa.
  • noun See manila.
  • noun In the game of solo, the seven of trumps, the highest card but one.

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

  • noun See manila, manila hemp, manila paper.
  • noun A ring worn upon the arm or leg as an ornament, especially among the tribes of Africa.
  • noun A piece of copper of the shape of a horseshoe, used as money by certain tribes of the west coast of Africa.
  • adjective Same as manila.

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

  • noun A penannular armlet, mostly in bronze, copper or gold, which served as a form of money or barter coinage amongst certain West African peoples.

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

  • noun a strong paper or thin cardboard with a smooth light brown finish made from e.g. Manila hemp

Etymologies

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From Spanish manilla ("bracelet"), from Catalan manilla ("bracelet, armring"); partly from Latin monīle ("a necklace, collar"), from Proto-Indo-European *mony- (“withers, crest, mane”); and partly from Frankish *mānili (“moon-shaped ornament”), from *māno (“moon”), from Proto-Germanic *mēnô (“moon”), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s (“moon, month”), related to Old High German mânili ("moon-shaped ornament"). More at mane, moon.

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