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[French, from Hassaniya Arabic (colloquial Arabic dialect of Mauritania) 'ūgiyya, from classical Arabic 'ūqiyya, ounce, silver coin weighing an ounce, from Greek ounkia, ounce, from Latin uncia; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.]


(Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Mauritania, divided into 5 khoums


(uˈgi yə)

n., pl. -ya, -yas.
the basic monetary unit of Mauritania.
[1970–75; < French < dial. Arabic ūgīya, akin to Arabic ūqīyah literally, ounce; see oka1]
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Noun1.ouguiya - the basic unit of money in Mauritania
Mauritanian monetary unit - monetary unit in Mauritania
khoum - 5 khoums equal 1 ouguiya in Mauritania
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The project is expected to cost around Ouguiya 17 billion (US$51 million) to be jointly funded by the Mauritania and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).
The project will cost 50 billion Ouguiya (or US$ 170 million).
I tried putting these in some kind of presentation case, but when it came to marking them up and doing pretty little captions beneath each one, I soon lost interest once I realised I couldn't speak Spanish/French etc and wasn't able to differentiate a ouguiya from two dollars.
OFFICIAL NAME: Islamic Republic of Mauritania LOCATION: Northwest Africa, between Senegal and Western Sahara CAPITAL: Nouakchott -- named in 1960, it is the most recently named capital of the world CURRENCY: 1 ouguiya (UM) - 5 khoums