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n. pl. pfennig or pfen·nigs
A coin formerly used in Germany, worth 1/100 of a deutsche mark

[German, from Middle High German pfennic, from Old High German pfenning.]


(ˈfɛnɪɡ; German ˈpfɛnɪç )
n, pl -nigs or -nige (German -nɪɡə )
1. (Currencies) a former German monetary unit worth one hundredth of a Deutschmark
2. (Currencies) (formerly) a monetary unit worth one hundredth of an East German ostmark
[German: penny]


(ˈfɛn ɪg; Ger. ˈpfɛn ɪx)

n., pl. pfen•nig, pfen•nigs, pfen•ni•ge (Ger. ˈpfɛn ɪ gə)
a unit of currency in Germany, equal to 1/100 of the mark.
[1540–50; < German: penny]
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Noun1.pfennig - 100 pfennigs formerly equaled 1 Deutsche Mark in Germanypfennig - 100 pfennigs formerly equaled 1 Deutsche Mark in Germany
German monetary unit - monetary unit in Germany
Deutsche Mark, Deutschmark, German mark, mark - formerly the basic unit of money in Germany


[ˈfenɪg] Npfennig m
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Mimicry has been used as the preeminent example of how natural selection works and why it works the way it does," indicates Karin Pfennig of the University of Texas' College of Natural Sciences.
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As the photo shows, a 1 pfennig piece (about the size of our penny) would be a good sized load for the truck.