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tonne

[tuhn] /tʌn/
noun
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < French; see ton1
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tonne

/tʌn/
noun
1.
a unit of mass equal to 1000 kg or 2204.6 pounds Also called (not in technical use) metric ton
Word Origin
from French
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tonne

n.

1877, French form of ton, adopted for English use to denote a metric ton (1,000 kg.).

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