deutsche mark (doich märk′)
n. Abbr. DM
The primary unit of currency in Germany before the adoption of the euro.
[German : deutsche, feminine singular of deutsch, German (from Middle High German diutsch, from Old High German diutisc, of the people; see teutā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + Mark, mark (from Middle High German marc, marke, stamped precious metal bar, half-pound of silver or gold; see merg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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