hundred-weight

hundredweight

[huhn-drid-weyt]
noun, plural hundredweights (as after a numeral) hundredweight.
1.
Also called cental, quintal. a unit of avoirdupois weight commonly equivalent to 100 pounds (45.359 kilograms) in the U.S. Abbreviation: cwt
2.
cental ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1570–80; hundred + weight

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hundredweight (ˈhʌndrədˌweɪt)
 
n , pl -weights, -weight
1.  (Brit) Also called: long hundredweight a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds or 50.802 35 kilograms
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called: short hundredweight a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds or 45.359 24 kilograms
3.  Also called: metric hundredweight a metric unit of weight equal to 50 kilograms

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