[pik-uh l]

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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  1. 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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