Etymology
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escudo (n.)

Spanish and Portuguese coin, 1821, from Spanish/Portuguese escudo, from Latin scutum "a shield" (see escutcheon). Also compare ecu.

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Definitions of escudo

escudo (n.)
formerly the basic monetary unit of Portugal; equal to 100 centavo;
Synonyms: Portuguese escudo
escudo (n.)
the basic unit of money on Cape Verde; equal to 100 centavos;
Synonyms: Cape Verde escudo
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