December 30th, 2019

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Monday word: Maravedi

maravedi, n.
mar·​a·​ve·​di | \ ˌmarəˈvādē \

1 : an old Moorish gold dinar of Spain and Morocco
2a : a medieval Spanish unit of value equal to ¹/₃₄ real
b : a copper coin representing one maravedi


Etymology:
Spanish maravedí, from Arabic Murābiṭīn Almoravides, Muslim dynasty of the 11th and 12th centuries in North Africa and Spain, from plural of murābiṭ marabout

Example:

He who shies
At such a prize
Is not worth a maravedi,
Be so kind To bear in mind--
Faint heart never won fair lady!

(Gilbert and Sullivan, from "Iolanthe"--"If you go in, you're sure to win")

You can find the video and the lyrics of this song here; do take a look, it's quite entertaining.