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The basic unit of currency in Macau.

[Portuguese, from Arabic 'abū ṭāqa : 'abū, father of, possessing, bound form of 'ab, father; see ʔb in Semitic roots + ṭāqa, window (from ṭāqa, to be able, sustain; see ṭwq in Semitic roots).]


(Currencies) currency the main monetary unit of Macao and formerly of Timor
Usage: The abbreviation for pataca is P


(pəˈtɑ kə)

n., pl. -cas.
the basic monetary unit of Macao.
[1575–85; < Portuguese « Arabic abūṭāqah a kind of coin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pataca - the basic unit of money in Macao
Macao monetary unit - monetary unit in Macao
avo - 100 avos equal 1 pataca in Macao
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HAND-OUTS NOT ENOUGH Macau's government routinely gives residents annual "wealth share" cash handouts, raising this year's allowance to 7,000 patacas ($877), to try to stem public discontent.
The auditor's report released last September found the Commission for Motor Vehicles Evaluation, operated under the jurisdiction of Lau's bureau, has been ''meeting excessively and unreasonably'' and that remunerations paid to commission members were inflated by 80 percent to 4 million patacas ($513,000).
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The airline's CEO Reg Macdonald declines to say how much the loan is for but local news reports, quoting Macau's secretary for economy and finance, Francis Tam, says the loan is for 200 million Macau patacas ($25 million).
A court last year found Ao guilty of bribe-taking and money-laundering and sentenced him to 27 years in prison while his assets worth 250 million patacas ($32.