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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A unit of weight varying in different countries of Asia from 11.2 to 37.4 kilograms (24.8 to 82.6 pounds) avoirdupois, the latter being the official maund in India.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A basket or hamper.
  • noun In the East Indies, a unit of weight.
  • To beg.
  • See mand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An East Indian weight, varying in different localities from 25 to about 82 pounds avoirdupois.
  • noun obsolete A hand basket.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To beg.
  • intransitive verb To mutter; to mumble; to grumble; to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly; to talk incoherently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic A unit of weight in southern and western Asia, whose value varied widely by location. Two maunds made one chest of opium in East India. One maund equalled 136 pounds of opium in Turkey.
  • noun archaic begging
  • verb archaic to beg
  • verb obsolete To mutter; to mumble or speak incoherently; to maunder.
  • noun A wicker basket.
  • noun A unit of capacity with various specific local values.

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

  • noun a unit of weight used in Asia; has different values in different countries

Etymologies

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

[Hindi mān, from Sanskrit mānam, measure, from mimīte, mā-, he measures; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unclear, but possibly from French mendier or quémander, "to beg". Compare Romani mang, "to beg".

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English maunde, mande, from Old English mand, mond ("basket"), from Proto-Germanic *mandō (“basket”). Cognate with Dutch mand, Low German mande, archaic German Mande, later influenced by Anglo-Norman and Middle French mande (< Germanic). Related to mannequin.

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