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metical

Line breaks: meti|cal
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtɪˈkal
 
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Definition of metical in English:

noun (plural meticais)

The basic monetary unit of Mozambique, equal to 100 centavos.
Example sentences
  • We are demanding that the minimum wage at Mabor be increased from 630,000 meticais to 1.5 million meticais a month.
  • Hunched figures squatted against the walls in the greenish gloom, working silently, bent over filigree necklaces crafted from melted down meticais, the Mozambican currency.
  • You can get away without changing currency in South Africa - when you need meticais, there's always someone on hand willing to take your rands, or better yet, US dollars.

Origin

Portuguese, based on Arabic miṯqāl, from ṯaqala 'to weigh'.

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