daric

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A daric

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From Ancient Greek δαρεικός (dareikós), from an Old Persian word related to 𐎭𐎼𐎴𐎡𐎹 (daraniya-, gold), from *𐎭𐎼𐎡 (dari-, golden) (compare Avestan 𐬰𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌 (zairi-, yellowish, golden)), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃- (gleam, yellow). Compare Aramaic דריכונא (drykwnʾ), Classical Syriac ܕܪܝܟܘܢܐ (drykwnʾ), Biblical Hebrew אֲדַרְכּוֹן (adarkon).

Considered by classical authors to be from Δαρεῖος (Dareîos, Darius) who standardized the coinage as such, but this is probably a folk etymology.

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daric (plural darics)

  1. A gold coin from Persian Empire, introduced by Darius the Great (522-486 BC) and used until Alexander the Great's invasion (330 BC).

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