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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 shek·el /ˈʃɛkəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Shek·el n.
 1. An ancient weight and coin used by the Jews and by other nations of the same stock.
 Note:A common estimate makes the shekel equal in weight to about 130 grains for gold, 224 grains for silver, and 450 grains for copper, and the approximate values of the coins are (gold) $5.00, (silver) 60 cents, and (copper half shekel), one and one half cents.
 2. pl. A jocose term for money.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the basic unit of money in Israel

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    weight, the common standard both of weight and value among the
    Hebrews. It is estimated at 220 English grains, or a little more
    than half an ounce avoirdupois. The "shekel of the sanctuary"
    (Ex. 30:13; Num. 3:47) was equal to twenty gerahs (Ezek. 45:12).
    There were shekels of gold (1 Chr. 21:25), of silver (1 Sam.
    9:8), of brass (17:5), and of iron (7). When it became a coined
    piece of money, the shekel of gold was equivalent to about 2
    pound of our money. Six gold shekels, according to the later
    Jewish system, were equal in value to fifty silver ones.
      The temple contribution, with which the public sacrifices were
    bought (Ex. 30:13; 2 Chr. 24:6), consisted of one common shekel,
    or a sanctuary half-shekel, equal to two Attic drachmas. The
    coin, a stater (q.v.), which Peter found in the fish's mouth
    paid this contribution for both him and Christ (Matt. 17:24,
    27). A zuza, or quarter of a shekel, was given by Saul to Samuel
    (1 Sam. 9:8).