rupee

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See also: rupée

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Rupee banknotes from (top to bottom) Nepal (50 Nepalese rupees), Pakistan (1,000 Pakistani rupees), and the Seychelles (25 Seychellois rupees)

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From Hindi रुपीया(rupīyā), variant of रुपया(rupayā) or Urdu رپيا(rupayā), coined by Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri (1540–1545) from Sanskrit रूप्यक(rūpyaka, silver coin), from रूप्य(rūpya, wrought silver).

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rupee (plural rupees)

  1. The common name for the monetary currencies used in modern India, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, the Seychelles, or Sri Lanka, often abbreviated .
  2. A silver coin circulating in India between the 16th and 20th centuries, weighing one tola (formerly 170–180 troy grains; from 1833, 180 troy grains).

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  • (rupee currency sign), Re(abbreviation for rupee), Rs(abbreviation for rupees)
  • (Indian rupee currency sign)
  • (superunit): mohur, double mohur
  • (subdivisions): anna, ana; paisa, pice; pie

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