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  • n. Plural form of picul.


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  • In 1897, 140,000 piculs of Indian yarn were imported,


  • Indeed, in 1631, some 5,000 piculs of sulfur were taken by Chinese traders to China for use in gunpowder.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • The planters asked permission to sell the remaining 600 piculs (37,500 kilograms) of brown sugar to the company's soldiers, but company officials refused, hoping thereby to motivate the planters to process it into the white sugar that was so valuable in the company's inter-Asian trade.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • In the mid – 1640s, sugar plantations were firmly established, and the lands near Saccam were producing upwards of 10,000 piculs (625,000 kilograms) of sugar a year. 65 The sugar thus produced was exported, especially to Japan and Persia. 66

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • By September, the sugarcane stood high in the fields, and the entrepreneurs estimated that the following May they would be able to produce 2,000 to 3,000 piculs (125,000 to 187,500 kilograms) of sugar. 33 The company continued to provide support, lending money and oxen for plowing.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • A last was a unit of measurement used for rice, equivalent to 20 piculs, or about 1,250 kilograms.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • The production of white sugar hovered around the rate of 1,500 piculs (93,750 kilograms) per year through 1642, but afterward it increased.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • We managed this year to reap, after great labour, a few more piculs of grain than usual.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • Although he was poor and had not an acre to dwell upon, his mind was freer than that of kings and dukes, and though he had no emoluments counted by pecks and piculs, he felt, as if he had ten thousand chung to live upon.


  • Book of History, and rank them at fully two thousand piculs, so that their rank should be higher than that of Administrators.

    The History of the Former Han Dynasty


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