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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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Otherwise, look for money changers in the city to change your money to Macanese Pataca (MOP) currency.
He said they will now have to pay a fine of MOP (Macanese pataca) 500 (P2,732) per day of their violation from the previous MOP200.
Or perhaps, for a few Macanese pataca, have your fortune told at the A-Ma Temple, dedicated to the Taoist goddess of seafarers.