fels

noun

ˈfels
variants or fals
ˈfals
plural falus
fəˈlüs
: a copper coin used in an Arabic-speaking country

Note: Fels may have referred originally to a specific early coin, but it later came to be a general term for any copper coin.

Word History

Etymology

Arabic fals (plural fulūs), from Late Greek phollis, a small coin, from Late Latin follis, from Latin, bellows, leather moneybag

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“Fels.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fels. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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