Manilla meaning

mə-nĭlə
A penannular armlet, mostly in bronze, copper or gold, which served as a form of money or barter coinage amongst certain West African peoples.
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Origin of manilla

  • From Spanish manilla (“bracelet"), from Catalan manilla (“bracelet, armring"); partly from Latin monÄ«le (“a necklace, collar"), from Proto-Indo-European *mony- (“withers, crest, mane"); and partly from Frankish *mānili (“moon-shaped ornament"), from *māno (“moon"), from Proto-Germanic *mÄ“nô (“moon"), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁nÌ¥s (“moon, month"), related to Old High German mânili (“moon-shaped ornament"). More at mane, moon.

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