A yuán (元) is also known colloquially as a kuài (块 "lump", originally of silver). One yuán is divided into 10 jiǎo (角) or colloquially máo (毛 "feather"). One jiǎo is divided into 10 fēn (分).
The symbol for the yuan (元) is also used to refer to the currency units of Japan
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, and is used to translate the currency unit dollar as well as some other currencies; for example, the US dollar
United States dollar
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is called Měiyuán (美元), or American yuan, in Chinese, and the euro
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is called Oūyuán (欧元), or European yuan.