pol·​ti·​na päl-ˈtē-nə How to pronounce poltina (audio)
variants or poltinnik
plural poltinas or poltinniks
: a Russian silver half-ruble or 50-kopeck piece

Word History


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

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poltina was in 1810

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“Poltina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poltina. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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