birr birr  /ˈbɜr/


  1. (n) the basic unit of money in Ethiopia; equal to 100 cents
  2. (n) sound of something in rapid motion
  3. (v) make a soft swishing sound



  1. Out of that she paid the 2,000 birr for a business license and 18,000 birr for the shop.
  2. Olga Haptemariam acquired it in Eritrea's war-scarred port city of Massawa when she laid down 2,000 birr for a license to open a building-supply store.
  3. The national emblem is the camel that carried supplies to Nakfa; the country's new currency, introduced in November to replace the Ethiopian birr, is called the nakfa.


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  • "The 20 billion birr is little of the total pledged money and we have made sure it will land," Meles said. "There is zero chance this money won't make it."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Meles Zenawi Source: Creamer Media's Engineering News

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