plural 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

Word History


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"

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adhio was in 1990

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“Adhio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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