1. Any of various units of weight used in eastern Asia, roughly equivalent to 38 grams (1 1/3 ounces).
2. A unit of currency formerly used in China, equivalent in value to this weight of standard silver.
[Portuguese, from Malay tahil, probably from Javanese, from Old Javanese tahil, to weigh.]
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