tael

noun
\ˈtāl \

Definition of tael 

1 : any of various Chinese units of value based on the value of a tael weight of silver

2 : any of various units of weight of eastern Asia

First Known Use of tael

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tael

Portuguese, from Malay tahil

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