Definition of khoum in English:


Pronunciation /ko͞om/ /kum/

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  • A monetary unit of Mauritania, equal to one fifth of an ouguiya.

    ‘The currency of Mauritania is ougiya, which is is divided into 5 khoums, but these are not in use.’
    • ‘The basic unit of currency, the ouguiya, comprises five khoums.’
    • ‘The basic unit of currency, the ouguiya, is comprised of five khoums.’
    • ‘Khoums are very small value compared to the U.S. dollar.’
    • ‘The monetary unit in Mauritania is the ouguiya, which is divided into five khoums.’


From Arabic ḵums ‘one fifth’.