\ ˈä-ˌdē-ˌō How to pronounce adhio (audio) \
plural adhio

Definition of adhio

: a large coin that has a circular hole in its center and that was minted for use in the Indian state of Kutch from 1943 to 1946

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First Known Use of adhio

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adhio

borrowed from Kachchhi (Indo-Aryan speech of Kutch) ādhio “half of a kori,” cognate with Sindhi ādhio “half of a split date, half a rupee,” derivative of ādho “half,” going back to *ārdhiya-, derivative of Sanskrit ārdha-, variant, in compounds, of ardhaḥ “part, side, half”; akin to Avestan arəƍa- “half,” both from an Indo-Iranian etymon probably going back to an Indo-European base h1erdh-, whence Lithuanian ardyti “to pull down, dismantle, demolish,” erdvus “spacious, roomy, loose,” erdvė “space”

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“Adhio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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