Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of weight used in countries bordering on the Mediterranean and in nearby areas, varying in different regions from about 1 to 5 pounds (0.45 to 2.25 kilograms).

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  • n. A unit of weight used in countries bordering on the Mediterranean and in nearby areas, varying in different regions from about 1 to 5 pounds (0.45 to 2.25 kilograms).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Arabian pound of twelve ounces.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of weight used in some Moslem countries near the Mediterranean; varies between one and five pounds

Etymologies

Arabic raṭl, riṭl, possibly from Greek litra.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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