noun ack·ey \ˈa-kē\

Definition of ackey



  1. 1 :  a silver coin struck in England in 1796 and 1818 for use on the Gold Coast in western Africa

  2. 2 :  a unit of value equivalent to one ackey 1⁄2-ackey and 1⁄4-ackey coins were struck

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Origin and Etymology of ackey

alteration of ackee, the seeds of which were used as weights roughly equivalent to 20 grains of gold dust

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