Definition of fanam
1a : a small gold or silver coin formerly in widespread use in southern India b : a silver coin of Travancore worth 1⁄8 of a rupee issued up until Indian independence in 1947
2 : a unit of value corresponding to a fanam
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Origin and Etymology of fanam
probably modification of Tamil panam, probably from Sanskrit paṇa bet, reward, wealth
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