Definitions

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

  • n. See Table at currency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A currency unit of both ancient and modern Israel.
  • n. money.

Etymologies

Hebrew šeqel; see shekel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Akkadian šiqlu via Hebrew שקל (sheqel), from שקל (shaqal, "to weigh"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At one point, the Scroll dictates: “All the congregation, [the community of Israel and the converts born within it] to the fourth generation, of twenty years of age and over shall come to the courtyard to bow down before all the children of Israel; no woman or child shall come until he completes his portion of sheaves [and gives his personal redemption price] to God: a half-sheqel as a memorial in their settlements, twenty gerah per sheqel” (T.S. 39: 7 – 14).

    Qumran.

  • In Bethlehem’s Manger Square, a couple sell three-sheqel plastic cups poured from a kettle with an internal wood chip burner.

    Coffee and Pink Floyd « Squares of Wheat

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