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A unit of weight used in countries bordering on the Mediterranean and in nearby areas, varying in different regions from about 1 to 5 pounds (0.45 to 2.25 kilograms).
[Arabic raṭl, riṭl, possibly from Greek litra.]
n, pl rotls or artal (ˈɑːtɑːl)
(Units) a unit of weight used in Muslim countries, varying in value between about one and five pounds
[C17: from Arabic ratl, perhaps from Greek litra a pound]
n., pl. rotls, ar•tal (ˈɑr tɑl)
a unit of weight used in SW Asia and N Africa, varying widely in value, but often equal to about one pound.
[1605–15; < Arabic raṭl < Greek lítra or Latin lībra pound]