One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The basic monetary unit of Brazil from 1990 to 1993, equal to 100 centavos.
- ‘With the Cedula Project, cruzeiro banknotes and American dollars were rubber-stamped with messages and returned to circulation.’
- ‘To add further to the experience, two local cowboys on horseback, clearly in search of a few cruzeiros themselves, offered their horses to us for rides around the square.’
- ‘The counterfeit cruzeiro substitutes a photo-derived image of a Brazilian Indian on one side, and on the reverse an image understood to represent a psychiatric patient, symbolic of the marginalized and oppressed.’
- ‘But I did have a few leftover cruzeiro notes from the previous trip, for I was living, socializing, and eating with the Army and in the U.S. expediter's quarters.’
Portuguese, literally ‘large cross’.
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