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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).]
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(Currencies) currency the main monetary unit of Macao and formerly of Timor
Usage: The abbreviation for pataca is P
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n., pl. -cas.
the basic monetary unit of Macao.
[1575–85; < Portuguese « Arabic abūṭāqah a kind of coin]
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