2003, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from Malagasy, earlier "a fractional unit of the piastre equivalent to one French franc," from iray "one" + -n-, linking particle + vy "iron" + lanja "weight"
For a history of colonial and pre-colonial currency in Madagascar, see Louis Molet, "Les monnaies à Madagascar," Cahiers Vilfredo Pareto, vol. 8, no. 21 (1970), pp. 203-34.
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“Iraimbilanja.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iraimbilanja. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.
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