a unit of weight comparable to the European quintal, widely used in East Asia during the colonial period. The picul is equal to 100 catties, typically about 133.3 pounds or 60.5 kilograms. In recent years the picul has been used as a metric unit equal to 60 kilograms (132.28 pounds) in Thailand or 50 kilograms (110.23 pounds) in China. The unit is pronounced "pickle."

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  • Picul — is the English word for a traditional Chinese measurement of weight called dàn (擔) in Mandarin Chinese or tam (擔)cite web|title = Weights and Measures Ordinance |work = The Law of Hong Kong | url = http://www.legislation.gov.hk/blis… …   Wikipedia

  • picul — [pik′əl] n. pl. picul or piculs [< Malay (or Javanese) pikul, lit., a man s load < pikul, to carry over the shoulders] a unit of weight equal to 100 catties, about 133 pounds (60 kilograms), used in various countries of Southeast Asia …   English World dictionary

  • Picul — Pic ul, n. [Jav. & Malay pikul, fr. pikul to carry on the back, to carry a burden; n., a man s burden.] A commercial weight varying in different countries and for different commodities. In Borneo it is 1355/8 lbs.; in China and Sumatra, 1331/2… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Picul — Picul, der chinesische Centner = 60,478 Kilogr = 120,956 Zollpfund = 133,3 engl. Pfund (Avoir dupois); wird getheilt in 100 Catties à 10 Tael …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • picul — /pik euhl/, n. (in China and southeast Asia) a weight equal to 100 catties, or from about 133 to about 143 pounds avoirdupois (60 64 kg). [1580 90; < Malay pikull the maximum load a man can carry] * * * …   Universalium

  • picul — (entrée créée par le supplément) (pi kul) s. m. Mesure cochinchinoise qui vaut 62 kil. 500 …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • picul — pic·ul …   English syllables

  • picul — pic•ul [[t]ˈpɪk əl[/t]] n. wam (in China and SE Asia) a weight equal to 100 catties, or from about 133 to about 143 pounds avoirdupois (60–64 kg) • Etymology: 1580–90; < Malay pikull the maximum load a man can carry …   From formal English to slang

  • picul — /ˈpɪkʊl/ (say pikool) noun → pikul …   Australian English dictionary

  • Picul — piccolo …   Mini Vocabolario milanese italiano

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