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

  • n. A monetary unit and coin formerly used in Italy and Sicily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The former monetary unit of Italy, Bolivia and Malta during the 18th and 19th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silver coin, and money of account, used in Italy and Sicily, varying in value, in different parts, but worth about 4 shillings sterling, or about 96 cents; also, a gold coin worth about the same.
  • n. A gold coin of Rome, worth 64 shillings 11 pence sterling, or about $ 15.70.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A silver coin current in various parts of Italy during the eighteenth and nineteenthcenturies.
  • n. The space inclosed within the outer rim of the bezel of a ring; also, a bezel in sense 3 , used especially for rings of classical antiquity in which there is an engraved device upon the metal itself. See bezel, 3 .


Italian, shield, scudo, from Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian, a crown, a dollar, a shield, from Latin scutum a shield. Compare scute. (Wiktionary)



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