One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The basic monetary unit of Brazil from 1988 to 1990, equal to 100 centavos.
- ‘Many of these stamped cruzados are still in circulation.’
- ‘At about 15 cruzados per ounce, the annual deliveries of musk during the period exceded 200,000 cruzados' worth.’
From Portuguese cruzado, crusado ‘marked with the cross’.
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