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1. A unit of mass in the metric system equal to 100 kilograms.

[Middle English, a unit of weight, from Old French, from Medieval Latin quintāle, from Arabic qinṭār, from Late Greek kentēnarion, from Late Latin centēnārium (pondus), hundred(weight), from Latin centēnārius, of a hundred; see centenary.]
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1. (Units) a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds
2. (Units) 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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(ˈkwɪn tl)

1. a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (220.5 avoirdupois pounds).
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin quintāle < Arabic qinṭār weight of a hundred pounds. See centenary]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quintal - a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
metric weight unit, weight unit - a decimal unit of weight based on the gram
centner, doppelzentner, hundredweight, metric hundredweight - a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
metric ton, tonne, MT, t - a unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kilograms
2.quintal - a United States unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds
avoirdupois unit - any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
quarter - a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
net ton, short ton, ton - a United States unit of weight equivalent to 2000 pounds
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There was not money enough of any kind, in many parts of the country, to pay the salaries of the ministers; so that they sometimes had to take quintals of fish, bushels of corn, or cords of wood, instead of silver or gold.
They were Young, John Adams, McCoy, who was my great-grandfather, and Quintal. He was a very bad man, too.
Quintal was his chum, and they got drunk together all the time.
"Quintal's wife, the one whose ear he bit off, also got killed by falling from the cliffs.
"'Wouldn't hev your conscience fer a thousand quintal," said Dan.
The quantities collected are distributed between 8.7 million quintals of durum wheat, 748 thousand quintals of soft wheat, 3.3 million quintals of barley and 9.3 million quintals of triticale.
Regarding the impact of rainfall on the stock of grain in the north-west regions, a ministry source told TAP there is no serious damage recorded in the centres located in the northwestern governorates, notably in Kef, which saw a rainfall of 34 millimeters on Thursday night, except for the co-operative centre in the Sers region that suffered a loss of 350 quintals of grain.
6 million hectares."The total production is divided into 26.8 million quintals for soft wheat, 13.4 million quintals for hard wheat and 11.6 million quintals for barley," said the statement of the ministry.
The government of Maharashtra has targeted procurement of 3.5 lakh quintals of moong, 4 lakh quintals of urad and 25 lakh quintals of soybean.
The total volume of Egyptian cotton exports rose by 94.3% year-on-year during the second quarter (Q2) of the 2014-2015 agricultural season, to reach 246,000 metric quintals, according to a Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) press statement Monday.
In this context, the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources has recently established a program which aims at strengthening the capacity of cereal storage so as to achieve a storage capacity of about 18, 4 million quintals, against 12 million quintals, currently .
Our sugarcane rate is rupees 280 (around 6 US dollars) per quintal. We should be given our price," said Rakesh Tikait, General Secretary, Bharatiya Kisan Union.