# Cypriot units of measurement

A number of different units of measurement were used in Cyprus to measure quantities like length, mass, area and capacity. Before Metric system, British system was used. In between 1972-1974, metric system was adopted in Cyprus.[1]

## Units used with British system

A number of units were used with British system.

### Length

One pic is equel to 2 foot (0.6096 m) as an accepted equivalence.[2][3]

### Mass

A number of units were used to measure mass. One oke (Uqqa[3]) was equal to 2.8 pound av (1.27006 kg) as an accepted equivalent. [2][3] One moosa (hundredweight) was equal to 50.700 kg as an accepted equivalent.[2] Some other units and the accepted equivalents are provided below:[2][3]

1 drachme = 1/400 oke

1 rottolo = 0.44 oke

1 stone = 5 oke[2]

1 kantar = 44 oke[2][3][4]

1 kantar (Aleppo) = 180 oke

1 ton = 800 oke.

### Area

Several units were used to measure area. One donum was equal to 1600 yard2 (1337.8 m2) and one scala was equal to one donum, as an accepted equivalent.[2][3]

### Capacity

A number of units were used to measure capacity. Following is providing the accepted equivalents to some of units:[2][3]

1 oke = 1.27855 l

1 cass = 4.73 l

1 kile (bushel) = 36.368 l

1 medimno = 75.05 l

1 kartos = 4 oke

1 kouza = 8 oke

1 gomari = 128 oke (used for grain too[4]).

## References

1. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
2. Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. p. 5.
3. Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
4. ^ a b Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. pp. 25,26.