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

  • n. A former Portuguese or Brazilian gold coin that was also current in England in the early 18th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old Portuguese gold coin, minted from 1640 to 1732.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gold coin of Portugal, valued at about 27s. sterling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gold coin (also called lisbonine) formerly current in Portugal. It was equivalent in value to about $6. 50.


Alteration of Portuguese moeda d'ouro : moeda (from Latin monēta, coin; see money) + de, of (from Latin ; see de-) + ouro, gold (from Latin aurum).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Portuguese moeda de ouro, literally "golden coin". (Wiktionary)



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