variants or abbasi
plural abassi or abassis or abbasi or abbasis
: a Persian silver coin first issued in the late 16th century
: an old Persian unit of weight equivalent to about 0.8 pound

Word History


borrowed from Persian ʽabbāsī, adjective and noun derivative of ʽAbbās I, †1628, Safavid shah of Persia during whose reign the coins were first issued

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of abassi was in 1615

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“Abassi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abassi. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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