\ ˈfels \
variants: or fals \ ˈfals \
plural falus\ fəˈlüs \

Definition of fels

: 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.

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History and Etymology for fels

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 29 May. 2020.

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