One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The basic monetary unit of Bolivia (1863–1962 and since 1987), equal to 100 centavos or cents.
- ‘The market, La Cancha, is one of the biggest in South America, sprawling widely, selling everything from bikes to fabric, vegetables and coca leaves.’
- ‘Solares said that the minimum salary needs to be raised from 440 bolivianos to 3,000 bolivianos a month.’
- ‘A Central Bank report acknowledged that the average rate of the devaluation of the boliviano was 4.5 percent between 1993 and 1995, and 5.5 percent between 1996 and 1998.’
- ‘The next day we lurched out of the last depressed mining town, past mountains of slag dug into hideous goblin-warrens by workers who rinse tin ore from crushed rock for as little as one boliviano a day.’
- ‘The senior workers are demanding that the government grant them a minimum pension of 1,000 bolivianos a month.’
Spanish, literally ‘Bolivian’, from Bolivia.
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