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picul

[ pik-uhl ]
/ ˈpɪk əl /
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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 kilograms).
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Origin of picul

First recorded in 1580–90; from Malay pikull, the term for the maximum load that a man using a shoulder yoke can carry
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picul
/ (ˈpɪkəl) /

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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