besa

noun be·sa \ˈbā-sə\

Definition of besa

plural

bese

\ˈbā-(ˌ)sā\ or

besas

  1. 1a :  a coin issued from 1909 to 1921 for use in Italian Somaliland where it was worth 1100 of a rupia b :  a corresponding unit of value the circulation of 2-besa and 4-besa coins

  2. 2a :  a copper coin formerly used in Ethiopia where it was worth 1100 of a talari b :  a corresponding unit of value a 1⁄2-besa coin was struck

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Origin and Etymology of besa

Italian


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