par·​dao | \ (ˈ)pär¦dau̇, pərˈd- \
variants: or less commonly pardo
plural -s

Definition of pardao

: a coin of Portuguese India equivalent to a half rupia

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History and Etymology for pardao

Portuguese, from Sanskrit pratāpa splendor, majesty, from pra- before, forward + tapati it heats; from the use of the word pratāpa as an epithet of kings on native coins

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“Pardao.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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