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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.]


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]


(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]
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.
Quintal was his chum, and they got drunk together all the time.
Then Quintal went to Young and demanded his wife, and went to Adams and demanded his wife.
Wouldn't hev your conscience fer a thousand quintal," said Dan.
For the 2016-2017 season, Taieb reported that cereal harvested crops totalled about 982 thousand ha, yielding 16 million quintals of cereals, including 9.
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.
Since December 2011, 600 quintal of rice grains is lying inside the Railway godown.
Currently, Venezuelan farmers get only six quintals per acre; the normal yield is over ten quintals.
The quantities of non-subsidised cultivated seeds made available for farmers have reached some 40 thousand quintals, the press release added.
Regarding cereal yield, Ben Romdhane pointed out that the average yield of durum wheat varies between 10 and 29 quintals per hectare (ha) in the north, between 12 and 24 quintals / ha in the center and 6 Quintals / ha in the southern regions.