khoums

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic خُمْس ‎(ḵums, fifth).

Noun[edit]

khoums ‎(plural khoums)

  1. A subdivision of the Mauritanian ouguiya. 5 khoums equal one ouguiya.

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Usage notes[edit]

The final /s/ is an integral part of the Arabic root for 'five', so the singular should be khoums. However, the letter has sometimes been mistaken for the English or French plural ending, and a new singular khoum created by back-formation.

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