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a. Any of several ancient units of weight, especially a Hebrew unit equal to about a half ounce.
b. A gold or silver coin equal in weight to one of these units, especially the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
c. Variant of sheqel.
2. Slang
a. A coin.
b. shekels Money.

[Hebrew šeqel, from šāqal, to weigh; see ṯql in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈʃɛkəl) or


1. (Currencies) the standard monetary unit of modern Israel, divided into 100 agorot
2. (Units) any of several former coins and units of weight of the Near East
3. (Currencies) any of several former coins and units of weight of the Near East
4. (often plural) informal any coin or money
[C16: from Hebrew sheqel]
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(ˈʃɛk əl)

1. the basic monetary unit of Israel.
2. an ancient, orig. Babylonian, unit of weight, equal to half an ounce or less.
3. a coin of this weight, esp. the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
4. shekels, Slang. money; cash.
[1550–60; < Hebrew sheqel]
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Noun1.shekel - the basic unit of money in Israelshekel - the basic unit of money in Israel  
Israeli monetary unit - monetary unit in Israel
agora - 100 agorot equal 1 shekel in Israel
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[ˈʃekl] N (Hist, Bible etc) → siclo m shekelspasta fsing, parné msing
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nSekel m, → Schekel m; shekels (inf)Moneten pl (dated sl)
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