be·​sa | \ ˈbā-sə \
plural bese\ ˈbā-​(ˌ)sā \ or besas

Definition of besa

1a : a coin issued from 1909 to 1921 for use in Italian Somaliland where it was worth ¹/₁₀₀ of a rupia
b : a corresponding unit of value the circulation of 2-besa and 4-besa coins
2a : a copper coin formerly used in Ethiopia where it was worth ¹/₁₀₀ of a talari
b : a corresponding unit of value a ¹/₂-besa coin was struck

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“Besa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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