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[pood; Russian poot]
  1. a Russian weight equal to about 36 pounds avoirdupois (16 kg).
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Origin of pood

1545–55; < Russian pud < Low German or Old Norse pund pound1
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Examples from the Web for pood

Historical Examples

  • Over this spread a pood of tar, and fasten upon it another hide.

    Fairy Tales from Many Lands

    Katherine Pyle

  • When he rose from table Chichikov felt as though a pood's weight were inside him.

    Dead Souls

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

  • The pood, be it remembered, is equal to (rather more than) 36 lbs.

  • We have bought clover seed at ten roubles a pood, but we have no money left for oats.

  • Although this was difficult from the want of instruments, I succeeded in collecting more than a pood (thirty-six pounds) of hair.

British Dictionary definitions for pood


  1. a unit of weight, used in Russia, equal to 36.1 pounds or 16.39 kilograms
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Word Origin

C16: from Russian pud, probably from Old Norse pund pound ²
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