Pronunciation: (shek'ul), [key]
1. Also,sheqel.a paper money, cupronickel or silver coin, and monetary unit of Israel equal to 100 agorot: replaced the pound in 1980.
2. an ancient, orig. Babylonian, unit of weight, of varying value, taken as equal to the fiftieth or the sixtieth part of a mina or to about a quarter to half an ounce.
3. a coin of this weight, esp. the chief silver coin of the ancient Hebrews.
4. shekels, Slang.money; cash.
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