maravedi

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish maravedí, from Arabic مُرَابِطِين (murābiṭīn), an inflected plural of مُرَابِط (murābiṭ, holy man), the name of the Almoravid rulers of Muslim Spain during the 12th century. Compare marabout.

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Noun[edit]

maravedi (plural maravedis)

  1. (historical) A former Spanish coin and unit of currency, originally issued in gold but later in silver and copper, discontinued in 1848.
    • 1819: “an thou dost go on to put thy filthy lucre in the balance with thy daughter’s life and honour, by Heaven, I will strip thee of every maravedi thou hast in the world, before three days are out!” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe