Moroccan units of measurement

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A number of units of measurement were used in Morocco to measure length, mass, capacity, etc. Metric system has been compulsory in Morocco since 1923.[1]

System before metric system

A number of local units were used.

Length

Several units were used. These units were variable, not rigidly defined.[2] Some units included:

1 cubit = 0.533 m

1 canna = 0.533 m

1 pic = 0.61 m

1 tonni = 1/8 pic.[1][2]

The code, covid, covado, cadee, or dhra was varied from 19.85 to 22.48 in (perhaps the best value was 20.92 in (0.531 3 m).[3]

Mass

Several units were used. These units were variable, not rigidly defined.[2] Some units included:

1 rotal = 507.5 g

1 artal = 507.5 g

1 gerbe = 3 kg

1 kula = 22 rotal

1 kantar = 100 rotal.[1][2] One rotl of commerce was equal to 1.19 lb while one rotl of the markets was equal to 1.7 lbs.[3]

Capacity

Several units were used. These units were variable, not rigidly defined.[2] Some units included:

1 sahh = 56 l

1 fanega = 56 l

1 mudd = 14 l

1 almude = 14 l.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. pp. 122, 125. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. 1. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 9. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 53.
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