Maund meaning

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A unit of weight varying in different countries of Asia from 11.2 to 37.4 kilograms (24.8 to 82.6 pounds) avoirdupois, the latter being the official maund in India.
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A varying unit of weight of certain countries of Asia; esp., a unit of weight of India equal to 40 seers (82.28 lb or 37.35 kg)
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A unit of capacity with various specific local values.
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(archaic) A unit of weight in southern and western Asia, whose value varied widely by location. Two maunds made one chest of opium in East India. One maund equalled 136 pounds of opium in Turkey.
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(archaic) Begging.
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(archaic) To beg.

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Origin of maund

  • Hindi mān from Sanskrit mānam measure from mimīte mā- he measures mē-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English maunde, mande, from Old English mand, mond (“basket"), from Proto-Germanic *mandō (“basket"). Cognate with Dutch mand, Low German mande, archaic German Mande, later influenced by Anglo-Norman and Middle French mande (< Germanic). Related to mannequin.
    From Wiktionary
  • Anglicised pronunciation of a word in many southern and western Asian languages. The -d probably from assimilation with Etymology 1 above, or from comparison with pound.
    From Wiktionary
  • Unclear, but possibly from French mendier or quémander, "to beg". Compare Romani mang, "to beg".
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