One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The basic monetary unit of Mozambique, equal to 100 centavos.
- ‘You can get away without changing currency in South Africa - when you need meticais, there's always someone on hand willing to take your rands, or better yet, US dollars.’
- ‘Hunched figures squatted against the walls in the greenish gloom, working silently, bent over filigree necklaces crafted from melted down meticais, the Mozambican currency.’
- ‘We are demanding that the minimum wage at Mabor be increased from 630,000 meticais to 1.5 million meticais a month.’
- ‘The government liberalised exchange rates and the value of the national currency against the US dollar plummeted from 40 metical in 1986 to approximately 10,000 metical in 1996.’
- ‘The police investigator also said Nini had tried to bribe him several times, once offering five billion meticais.’
Portuguese, based on Arabic miṯqāl, from ṯaqala ‘to weigh’.
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