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How did 米 become to mean USA?

I was just wondering why the symbol for rice is associated with the USA? Thx : )

Fredora at 2021-04-23 22:20:19 UTC

They first had 亜米利加 for America made up of the readings ア, メ, リ and カ for each of those signs.
This then got shortened. But since the first one (亜) was already used to refer to Asia they used the second one (米) with the pronounciation ベイ (bei) instead.

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