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Any of various units of weight used in southeast Asia and China and equal to 100 catties, especially a Chinese unit equal to 133 1/3 pounds (about 60 kilograms).

[Malay pikul, to carry the heaviest load a man can carry.]
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(Units) a unit of weight, used in China, Japan, and SE Asia, equal to approximately 60 kilograms or 133 pounds
[C16: from Malay pīkul a grown man's load]
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(ˈpɪk əl)

(in China and SE Asia) a weight equal to 100 catties, or from about 133 to about 143 pounds avoirdupois (60–64 kg).
[1580–90; < Malay pikull the maximum load a man can carry]
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Noun1.picul - a unit of weight used in some parts of Asia; approximately equal to 133 pounds (the load a grown man can carry)
weight unit, weight - a unit used to measure weight; "he placed two weights in the scale pan"
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One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to twenty of one's own, and likewise a single picul of his provender is equivalent to twenty from one's own store.
The contract of sale forbade, under bond penalty, disposition of the rice at a price greater than $6.50 Mexican per picul of 137 pounds, plus actual cost of freight.
Under HB 2722, effective on the sugar crop year of 2019-2020, a lien of P10 per picul of sugar, instead of P5, shall be imposed on the gross production of sugar to primarily augment the income of sugar workers, and to finance social and economic programs to improve their livelihood and well-being.
Maubara heads the list with an offering of 2 1/2 picul of beeswax (1 picul = 100 catties) whereas the others offered 1 picul each.
For example, in April of that year, around one month before the manufacturing season was due to commence, Maclaine Watson reported that although the NHM Factorij had intervened in the market to the extent of buying some 15,000 picul [one picul equals 61.76 kilo] the upcoming crop from 'their mills' for around 14.75 guilders per picul, and 'although buyers have retired meanwhile from the market, planters continue to retain high ideas for the future and are unwilling to sell their crop even at the above rate'.
Each maka'ainana laborer was expected to carry as much as 1 picul (or 133 1/3 pounds) of sandalwood.
In the face of Lord Cui's display of modesty, the elders prove themselves to be rather witty and quick-minded as they uncover and elaborate the meaning of the word shi in its double sense of "rock" and "picul."
(31) Meanwhile, from 1971 to 1976, the GMP rose 63 per cent in domestic price terms, all the more striking because of Malaysia's high production costs, estimated in the early 1970s at RM27.41 per picul, or about double the world price.
His four sons imitated him and, since the five of them occupied high posts that earned each the maximum salary of two thousand piculs a year, he was called - punning on his family name, Shi, which also means "picul" (equivalent to around 30 kg under the Former Han) - "Lord of Ten Thousand Piculs." In 139 B.C., thanks to the perfect Confucian bearing of the entire family, the eldest son, Shi Jian, was appointed to an important post at court.
A picul of first-quality paddy dropped from 2.65 piastres before the crisis to 80 cents per picul in January 1932, before rising slightly above 1 piastre per picul.