pa·​ta·​ca | \ pə-ˈtä-kə How to pronounce pataca (audio) \

Definition of pataca

the basic monetary unit of Macao — see Money Table

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The Chinese government has in the past restricted capital flows into the semiautonomous city, which uses the Macau pataca rather than the renminbi. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "New Gambling Dens Are a Problem for Beijing," 10 July 2019 Overall gambling revenue in the region rose 22 percent to 67 billion patacas ($8.34 billion) in the third quarter, the fifth in a row of year-over-year growth. Christopher Palmeri,, "Sands to Invest $1.1 Billion in London-Themed Macau Remodel," 26 Oct. 2017 Macau’s April casino receipts rose 16.3 percent to 20.2 billion patacas ($2.52 billion), beating the median analysts’ estimate of a 15 percent rise. Sterling Wong,, "Melco's Billionaire Ho Sees Macau Gaming Returning to Peak," 2 May 2017 A dollar is, however, slightly more valuable than a pataca. Lucas Peterson, New York Times, "Other worthy architectural attractions include the," 30 Nov. 2016 The Macanese pataca and Hong Kong dollar are separate currencies but virtually interchangeable in Macau. Lucas Peterson, New York Times, "Other worthy architectural attractions include the," 30 Nov. 2016

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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