sycee
noun Etymology: Chinese (Guangdong) sai-sì, literally, fine silk Date: 1711 silver money made in the form of ingots and formerly used in China

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  • Sycee — Sy*cee , n. [Said to be from a Chinese word, se tze or se sze, meaning, fine silk, and to be so called because if pure it may be drawn out into fine threads.] Silver, pounded into ingots of the shape of a shoe, and used as currency. The most… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sycee — [sī sē′] n. [Cantonese < Mandarin hsi ssǔ, fine silk: so called because it may, when heated, be spun into fine threads] silver in the form of ingots, usually bearing the stamp of a banker or assayer, formerly used in China as money …   English World dictionary

  • Sycee — A sycee was a type of silver or gold ingot currency used in China until the 20th century. The name derives from the Cantonese words meaning fine silk [Morse, Hosea Ballou. Piry, A. Théophile. [1908] (1908). The Trade and Administration of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Sycee — Le sycee est un lingot d argent, utilisé en Chine pour les paiements en liquide jusqu au XXe siècle. Son poids s exprime en taels. Le nom est probablement la transcription phonétique de la prononciation cantonaise d un mot qui signifie fine soie… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sycee — /suy see /, n. fine uncoined silver in lumps of various sizes usually bearing a banker s or assayer s stamp or mark, formerly used in China as a medium of exchange. Also called sycee silver. [1705 15; < Chin dial. (Guangdong) sai sì, akin to Chin …   Universalium

  • sycee — /saɪˈsi/ (say suy see) noun fine uncoined silver in lumps of various sizes, usually bearing a banker s or assayer s stamp or mark; formerly used in China as a medium of exchange. Also, sycee silver. {Cantonese, equivalent to Mandarin xì sī fine… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sycee — sy·cee …   English syllables

  • sycee — sy•cee [[t]saɪˈsi[/t]] n. num fine silver in stamped ingots, formerly used in China as money • Etymology: 1705–15; < Chin dial. (Guangdong) sai sì silk floss …   From formal English to slang

  • sycee — ˈsīˈsē noun ( s) Etymology: Chinese (Cant) saì sz, literally, fine threads, fine silk : silver money formerly used in China and made in the form of ingots measured by weight and usually stamped see shoe …   Useful english dictionary

  • sycee silver — sycee silver, = sycee. (Cf. ↑sycee) …   Useful english dictionary

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