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  • noun The currency of Uzbekistan.
  • noun The currency of Kyrgyzstan.


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

[Kyrgyz som, and Uzbek so‘m, from Chuvash som, number, count, Russian ruble (in medieval times, probably originally applied to the silver bars or ingots commonly used as currency by the Golden Horde ), from Proto-Turkic *sān, number, count, from *sā, to speak, count.]



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