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  • (unit of purity): karat (North America)

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Etymology

Middle French carat, from [[w:Template:lang:it language|Template:lang:it]][[Category:Template:lang:it derivations]] carato, from Arabic قيراط (qirāṭ), husk), from Ancient Greek κεράτιον (keration), carob seed), diminutive form of κέρας (keras), horn).

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carat

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  1. A unit of weight for precious stones and pearls, equivalent to 200 milligrams.
  2. Formerly, any of several units of weight, varying from 189 to 212 mg, the weight of a carob seed.
  3. A measure of the purity of gold, pure gold being 24 carats.

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