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    maunds with a tare or allowance

    Hi!
    What is the exact meaning of the words printed in bold? The text is from a book written 400 years ago in Spanish and translated nearly 115 years ago into English. The underlined words are Spanish. The words "matical" and "maund" are units of weights in Middle Esat. Mão is the Spanish pronunciation of maund.

    We learn that at Hormuz (in 1554) rhubarb was sold by mãos da tara (i.e. maunds with a tare or allowance), each mão having a picota, or additional allowance, of 28 Hormuz maticals.

    Thanks very much

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    Re: maunds with a tare or allowance

    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post
    The words "matical" and "maund" are units of weights in Middle E​ast. Mão is the Spanish pronunciation of maund.
    Then Google is the place to search, not an English language forum.

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    Re: maunds with a tare or allowance

    Maund was not standardised, tare weight is the unladen weight of a container, but as the maund unit could vary considerably, it's difficult to have any idea of the amount being discussed.

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