metric ton

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metric ton (plural metric tons)

  1. (chiefly US) A unit of mass equal to 1000 kilograms, about 2204.6 pounds avoirdupois.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      One typical Grecian kiln engorged one thousand muleloads of juniper wood in a single burn. Fifty such kilns would devour six thousand metric tons of trees and brush annually.

Usage notes[edit]

Infrequently used in Britain and Commonwealth countries in contexts where confusion might arise between the metric ton and the traditional English tons of 2000 or 2240 pounds.


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