Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gold coin, equal to 15 rupees, that was used in British India in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a Persian gold coin
  • n. a gold coin of British India whose value was fifteen rupees

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A British Indian gold coin, of the value of fifteen silver rupees, or $7.21 (in 1913).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A modern gold coin of India under the British dominion, equivalent to 15 rupees, or about $7; also, a gold coin of the native princes of India from the sixteenth century onward.

Etymologies

Hindi muhr, gold coin, seal, from Persian; akin to Sanskrit mudrā, seal; see mudra.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Shah Jahan had given him a bag of gold, which the fakir had waved away, accepting only one gold mohur instead and leaving him with this prophecy—that a son would be born to him who would be, in the end, the death of him.

    Shadow Princess

  • So it was that he came here to the entrance to this underground temple complex, with five pennies and a mohur.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • It rustled through the wide domes of the gold mohur trees, and fluttered the fragments of the anonymous letter that Flory had thrown over the gate half an hour earlier.

    Burmese Days

  • I love that sombre yellow colour the maidan has, and those gold mohur trees, like blobs of crimson.

    Burmese Days

  • He saw a woman standing under the shadow of the gold mohur tree.

    Burmese Days

  • Elizabeth like some friendly saurian monster, among the faint crooked shadows of the gold mohur stems.

    Burmese Days

  • There was no lawn, but instead a shrubbery of native trees and bushes — gold mohur trees like vast umbrellas of blood-red bloom, frangipanis with creamy, stalkless flowers, purple bougainvillea, scarlet hibiscus and the pink

    Burmese Days

  • It spread fragrances about and shook down blossoms from the gold-mohur trees.

    The Path of a Star

  • Then it was I remembered that, at my host's suggestion, my bed had been carried out into the shrubbery, and that I had fallen asleep, lulled by the howling of the jackals and the rustle of the flying squirrels in the gold mohur-tree overhead.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

  • It turned the mohur trees blood-red, and the grass to shining emerald green, and Mangadone looked as though it had just come fresh from the hands of its Creator.

    The Pointing Man A Burmese Mystery

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  • "'...the smaller bags hold mohurs, ducats, louis d'ors, joes and all kinds of foreign gold by weight of five hundred each.'"
    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 7

    March 16, 2008