• WordNet 3.6
    • n picul a unit of weight used in some parts of Asia; approximately equal to 133 pounds (the load a grown man can carry)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Picul A commercial weight varying in different countries and for different commodities. In Borneo it is 1355/8 lbs.; in China and Sumatra, 1331/2 lbs.; in Japan, 1331/3 lbs.; but sometimes 130 lbs., etc. Called also, by the Chinese, tan.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n picul A weight in use in China and the East generally, containing 100 kin or catties, and equal to about 133⅛ pounds avoirdupois. By the Chinese it is called tan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Picul pik′ul a Chinese weight of about 133⅓ lb.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Jav. & Malay pikul, fr. pikul, to carry on the back, to carry a burden; n., a man's burden


In literature:

This is divided between the two houses, and the price they pay is from four to five dollars the picul.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
Where, then, was our picul of rice, and our curry, and our sugar?
"Across China on Foot" by Edwin Dingle
During the recent period of inflation, silk rose to 3,000 yen per picul and fell to 1,300 or 1,400 yen.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
In 1846, the exports were 916,876 piculs, but, in 1850 they were only 14,801 piculs.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Between 1879 and 1883, it rose to 987,682 piculs.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Upwards of three thousand five hundred piculs are now exported, of which one-sixth goes to the United States.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
The two together amount on an average to about taels 1.50 per picul of 133-1/2 lb or 3s.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
In 1888, the export reached 107,236 piculs, but in 1897 it had fallen to 2111 piculs.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
By 1858 the exportation of hemp had risen to 412,000 piculs, or 27,500 tons.
"A History of the Philippines" by David P. Barrows
The net quantity of opium imported in 1898 was 92 piculs as against 2453 in 1879.
"Empires and Emperors of Russia, China, Korea, and Japan" by Péter Vay
In 1903, a record year, 1,101,835 piculs (about 6540 tons) were produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various