KUNA \KOO.nuh\ n. the basic monetary unit of Croatia, pl. KUNA or KUNE
is divided into a subunit called a LIPA
), there being 100 lipe
to the kuna.
The names of Croatian currencies derive from historically important fauna and flora. Kuna refers to an animal we would call the MARTEN
, which is this cute little fellow…
Unfortunately, the national importance of the marten
didn’t reside in its cuteness, but rather in its pelts
, which were used as a unit of trade in medieval times.
Lipa, on the other hand, is derived from the Serbo-Croat word for LINDEN (or lime tree).
Collins/CSW/SOWPODS players also get to play the Anglicized plural LIPAS, and the shorter form of linden, LIND.