Origin of Yen
From Japanese 円 (en, earlier yen), from Middle Chinese 圓 (ɣüen "circle" >"round coin") (compare Mandarin yuán å…ƒ, Korean won 원).
From yen-yen (“a craving for opium"), from Mandarin 菸癮 (Mandarin: yānyǐn; Cantonese: yin1yan5, “addiction, craving (for opium)").
Cantonese jyun6 hope, wish from Middle Chinese ŋyan` (also the source of Mandarin yuàn)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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