quintal

quintal

[kwin-tl]
noun
1.
a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (220.5 avoirdupois pounds).

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin quintāle < Arabic qinṭār weight of a hundred pounds, probably ≪ Latin centēnārius. Cf. centenary, kantar, kilderkin

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quintal (ˈkwɪntəl)
 
n
1.  a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds
2.  a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
 
[C15: via Old French from Arabic qintār, possibly from Latin centēnārius consisting of a hundred]

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quintal
"a weight of a hundred pounds," c.1470, from O.Fr. quintal, from M.L. quintale, from Ar. quintar, from Late Gk. kentenarion, from L. centenarius "containing a hundred" (see centenary).
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