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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.]


(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]


(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.
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.
A circular has been received by the last mail from Batavia, signed by fifteen of the most influential firms in that city, stating that, in consequence of numerous complaints of sugars made by the so-called centri-fugal process, and shipped from Sourabaya and the other ports at the eastern end of the island, rapidly deteriorating in quality, even during the voyage to this country, they have united to establish a difference in price of 2 florins per picul of 133 lbs.
Each maka'ainana laborer was expected to carry as much as 1 picul (or 133 1/3 pounds) of sandalwood.
Rancho Agua Fria picot (h) Chilocoyo/Chignautla/Contra picot Santa Cruz Montegrande/Tecuantepec Zozocolco Mapacoyan (La Garita)/San Miguel Tlalpualan Reyes de Vallarta/Ayotoxco/ Ixtacamaxtitlan/Las Chapas Cuautepec picote Tetelcingo picol Suchitlan picul Suchitlan San Miguel Totocuitlapilco picol San Nicolas San Pedro Tultepec de Quiroga Chilacachapa picul Coatepec Costales pico?
In response to media enquiries on the recent supply of live pigs from the Mainland, the bureau said 3,889 live pigs were imported today, and the average wholesale price ranged between $1,650 and $1,830 per picul.
5 thangs of paddy have the same mass as a picul, 60 kg.
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.
England is identified as the biggest single supplier--19,280 tons in 1903 (or 3,110,000 picul) at a cost of 16 guilders the quintal or 10 guilders the picul.
The Sango Gold is of a very superior quality and bears a higher price than most of the other Gold hereabouts; a Picul of Gold Dust is in excess of 1,100 Bunkals, one Bunkal is the weight of two Spanish Dollars.
Warren concludes that 'the collecting and curing of a picul of tripang or a picul of mother-of-pearl shell required the average annual labour of two men for tripang and four men for mother-of-pearl'.
Carletti quotes a price of 90 tael per picul, while Jan Huig van Linschoten indicates 140-145 Pesos de a ocho (approximately 100 tael) per picul for medium-quality and 150 to 170 Pesos for high-quality spun raw silk.