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

  • n. Any of various units of weight used in eastern Asia, roughly equivalent to 38 grams (1 1/3 ounces).
  • n. A monetary unit formerly used in China, equivalent in value to this weight of standard silver.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several units of measure used in China and elsewhere in eastern Asia, approximately 40 grams.
  • n. Any of several monetary units equal to the equivalent weight in silver.
  • n. leung, a traditional unit of weight, in modern usage legally defined as 1/16 of a catty or kan (斤) or 0.0377993638 kilograms

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A denomination of money, in China, worth nearly six shillings sterling, or about a dollar and forty cents; also, a weight of one ounce and a third.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Chinese liang or ounce, equal to 1⅛ ounces avoirdupois. See liang.
  • n. A liang or ounce of “sycee,” or fine uncoined silver: the unit of monetary reckoning in China.

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

  • n. a unit of weight used in east Asia approximately equal to 1.3 ounces


Portuguese, from Malay tahil, tael.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese tael, from Malay tahil. (Wiktionary)



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