irai·​mbi·​la·​nja ē-ˌrīm-bē-ˈlän(d)-zə How to pronounce iraimbilanja (audio)
plural iraimbilanja
a monetary subunit of the ariary see Money Table

Word History


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"

Note: 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.

First Known Use

2003, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iraimbilanja was in 2003

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Cite this Entry

“Iraimbilanja.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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