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Dictionary Definition

picul n : a unit of weight used in some parts of Asia; approximately equal to 133 pounds (the load a grown man can carry)

Extensive Definition

Picul is the English word for a traditional Chinese measurement of weight called dàn (擔) in Mandarin Chinese or tam (擔) in Cantonese language.
One picul is 100 catty. In Hong Kong, one picul is equivalent to 60.478982 kilogramme, and in ordinance 22 of 1884, one picul is lb. avoir.
Prior to the switchover to the metric system, countries in South-East Asia such as Brunei and Malaysia also used the Pikul and the Kati.

References

picul in Contenese: 擔
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