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quintal

[kwin-tl] /ˈkwɪn tl/
noun
1.
a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (220.5 avoirdupois pounds).
Origin of quintal
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin quintāle < Arabic qinṭār weight of a hundred pounds, probably ≪ Latin centēnārius. Cf. centenary, kantar, kilderkin
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  • "'Wouldn't hev your conscience fer a thousand quintal," said Dan.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • Pray back a nine-thousand-dollar boat an' a thousand quintal of fish.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • You see, we're first off the Banks this season, and it's four twenty-five a quintal.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • There isn't but three—no—two ninety-four or five quintal more by my reckoning.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • quintal had probably not intended to hurt the child, but he expressed no regret.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • These two, quintal and McCoy, were emphatically the bad men of the party.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • At this quintal and McCoy both laughed, and said they were jesting.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • “Get in carefully now, old girls,” said quintal, with a leer.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • But quintal could stand no more of it; he ordered his comrade to “stop his noise.”

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • quintal flung McCoy on the table, and jumping on the top of him, broke it down.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for quintal

quintal

/ˈkwɪntəl/
noun
1.
a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds
2.
a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Arabic qintār, possibly from Latin centēnārius consisting of a hundred
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Word Origin and History for quintal
n.

"a weight of a hundred pounds," c.1400, from Old French quintal "hundredweight," and directly from Medieval Latin quintale, from Arabic quintar, from Late Greek kentenarion, from Latin centenarius "containing a hundred" (see centenary).

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