plural zalat
: a bronze coin of Yemen equal to ¹/₁₆₀ rial and minted in the 1920s

Word History


borrowed from Yemeni Arabic zalaṭ “money, coin equivalent to a fraction of a rial”

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zalat was in 1990

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“Zalat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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