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n. pl. kwacha
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[Bemba and Chewa, dawn (used as a nationalist rallying cry in Malawi and Zambia, in reference to the anticolonial slogan new dawn of freedom) : kw-, infinitive pref. + -acha, to dawn.]


1. (Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Zambia, divided into 100 ngwee
2. (Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Malawi, divided into 100 tambala
[from a native word in Zambia]


(ˈkwɑ tʃə)

n., pl. -chas.
the basic monetary unit of Malawi and Zambia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kwacha - the basic unit of money in Zambiakwacha - the basic unit of money in Zambia  
Zambian monetary unit - monetary unit in Zambia
ngwee - 100 ngwee equal 1 kwacha in Zambia
2.kwacha - the basic unit of money in Malawikwacha - the basic unit of money in Malawi  
Malawian monetary unit - monetary unit in Malawi
tambala - 100 tambala equal 1 kwacha in Malawi
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An IMF-backed devaluation of Malawi's kwacha currency has caused inflation to rise to over 35 percent per year.
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