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 for bank note
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  banknote \bank"note`\, bank note \bank"
     1. A promissory note issued by a bank or banking company,
        payable to the bearer on demand. See also sense 4.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: In the United States popularly called a bank bill.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. Formerly, a promissory note made by a banker, or banking
        company, payable to a specified person at a fixed date; a
        bank bill. See Bank bill, 2. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A promissory note payable at a bank.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. A promissory note issued by an authorized bank, payable to
        the bearer on demand and intended to circulate as
        government-authorized money; in the United States such
        notes may only be issued by a Federal Reserve Bank; as, he
        peeled off five one-thousand-zloty banknotes.
     Syn: bill, note, government note, bank bill, banker's bill,
          bank note, Federal Reserve note, greenback.
          [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bank note
      n 1: a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central
           bank); "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes" [syn:
           bill, note, government note, bank bill, banker's
           bill, bank note, banknote, Federal Reserve note,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BANK NOTE, contracts. A bank note resembles a common promissory note, (q. 
  v.) issued by a bank or corporation authorized to act as a bank. It is in 
  fact a promissory note, but such notes are not, for many purposes, to be 
  considered as mere securities for money; but are treated as money, in the 
  ordinary course and transactions of business, by the general consent of 
  mankind and, on payment of them, when a receipt is required, the receipts 
  are always given as for money, not as for securities or notes. 1 Burr. R. 
  457; 12 John. R. 200; 1 John. Ch. R. 231; 9 John. R. 120; 19 John. 144; 1 
  Sch. & Lef. 318, 319; 11 Ves. 662; 1 Roper, Leg. 3; 1 Ham. R. 189, 524; 15 
  Pick. 177; 5 G. & John. 58; 3 Hawks, 328; 5 J. J. Marsh. 643. 
       2. Bank notes are assignable by delivery. Rep. Temp. Hard. 53 9 East, 
  R. 48; 4 East, R. 510 Dougl. 236. The holder of a bank note is prima facie 
  entitled to prompt payment of it, and cannot be affected by the fraud of any 
  former holder in obtaining it, unless evidence be given to bring it home to 
  his privity. 1 Burr. 452; 4 Rawle, 185 13 East, R. 135 Dane's Ab. Index, h. 
  t.; Pow. on Mortg. lndex, h. t. U. S. Dig. h. t. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h. 
  t. Note; Promissory note; @Reissuable note. 
       3. They cannot be taken in execution. Cunning. on Bills, 537; Hardw. 
  Cases, 53; 1 Arch. Pr. 268 1 Wils. Rep. 9 Cro. Eliz. 746, pl. 25 

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