One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A bronze coin issued in Palestine from about 200 b.c. into New Testament times, of the same weight as the Roman quadrans.
2An aluminium coin issued in Israel between 1948 and 1960, of the value of 1/1000 of an Israeli pound.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Frederic Farrar (1831–1903), dean of Canterbury, novelist, and philologist. From post-Biblical Hebrew pĕrūṭāh from pāraṭ to change money, to separate, to detach.
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