rupee

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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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