fanam

noun

fa·​nam
fəˈnäm
plural -s
1
a
: 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

Word History

Etymology

probably modification of Tamil panam, probably from Sanskrit paṇa bet, reward, wealth

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“Fanam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fanam. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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