n. pl. cen·ta·vos
1. A unit of currency that is equal to 1/100 of the primary unit of currency in many Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
2. A former unit of currency that was equal to 1/100 of the Portuguese escudo.
[Spanish, hundredth, from Latin centum, hundred; see dek in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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