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Etymology 1

Old English mand (cognate with Dutch mand, archaic German Mande), later influenced by Anglo-Norman and Middle French mande.

Noun

Singular
maund

Plural
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maund ({{{1}}})
  1. A wicker basket.
  2. A unit of capacity with various specific local values.

Etymology 2

Ultimately from Arabic مَنّ (mann), often via other Southern Asian languages. The -d probably from assimilation with Etymology 1, above.

Noun

Singular
maund

Plural
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maund ({{{1}}})
  1. (archaic) A unit of weight in southern and western Asia, with exact value varying by location. Two maunds made one chest of opium in East India. One maund equalled 136 pounds of opium in Turkey.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘In Flood Time’, In Black and White, Folio Society 2005, p. 410:
      Now the rail has come, and the fire-carriage says buz-buz-buz, and a hundred lakhs of maunds slide across that big bridge.

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