One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Turkish copper coin (originally weighing approx. 2.5 grams, subsequently dropping at some mints to approx. 1.5 grams).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Washington (fl. 1585). From Middle French, French mangor, mangour and directly from its etymon Turkish mangır a copper (rarely brass or bronze) coin (now obsolete), slang word for ‘money’, of uncertain origin.
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