picul

[pik-uh l]
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noun

(in China and southeast Asia) a weight equal to 100 catties, or from about 133 to about 143 pounds avoirdupois (60–64 kg).

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  9. pid,
  10. piddle

Origin of picul

First recorded in 1580–90, picul is from the Malay word pikull the maximum load a man can carry

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British Dictionary definitions for picul

picul

noun

a unit of weight, used in China, Japan, and SE Asia, equal to approximately 60 kilograms or 133 pounds

Word Origin for picul

C16: from Malay pīkul a grown man's load

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