picul

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From Malay pikul, with influence from earlier Dutch, Spanish, & Portuguese pico.

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picul (plural piculs)

  1. (units of measure) A traditional South and East Asian unit of weight, based upon the load of a shoulder pole and varying by place and over time but usually standardized at about 60 kg.
    • c. 1605, John Saris, quoted in Anthony Farrington's The English Factory in Japan (1991), p. 56:
      Powder sugar of China, the hundred cattees or peecull worth fortie to fiftie.
    • 1888, Archibald John Little, Through the Yang-tse Gorges, p. 279:
      The coal is sold for 130 cash... per picul of 133 pounds.

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