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[pik-uh l]
  1. (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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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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Historical Examples of picul

  • Rice of foreign importation is weighed and quoted by the picul of 133⅓ lbs.

    The Philippine Islands

    John Foreman

  • A common estimate of the average number of nuts required for a picul is three hundred.

  • The quantity of mother-of-pearl-shell, communibus annis, sold there is two thousand piculs, at six dollars a picul.

  • For instance, if it then cost $12 a picul, $8 will be advanced to the planter on the crops in the ground.

    The Philippine Islands

    Ramon Reyes Lala

  • In these cases an industrious workman may obtain as much as one picul in a week.

British Dictionary definitions for picul


  1. a unit of weight, used in China, Japan, and SE Asia, equal to approximately 60 kilograms or 133 pounds
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Word Origin for picul

C16: from Malay pīkul a grown man's load
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