pol·​ti·​na | \ päl-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce poltina (audio) \
variants: or poltinnik \ päl-​ˈtē-​nik How to pronounce poltinnik (audio) \
plural poltinas or poltinniks

Definition of poltina

: a Russian silver half-ruble or 50-kopeck piece

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First Known Use of poltina

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poltina

poltinnik from Russian, half-ruble piece, from poltina half a ruble, from Old Russian polŭtina, probably from polŭ half + tina, genitive of tinŭ ruble; poltina from Russian; probably akin to Latin duplus double and to Greek temnein to cut

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“Poltina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poltina. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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