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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Roman palm of 8.5 inches, which has been variously lengthened in Italy — in Genoa to 9.8 inches, in Naples to 10.4 inches, and in Lucca to 11.5 inches. In the Spanish peninsula and the affiliated American countries the length has not much changed. It varies from 8.3 to 8.9 inches in Spain, while in Argentina, Portugal, and Brazil it is nearly 8.6 inches.

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