Plural, tmiem. From the Maltese word tmienja, “eight”. In Malta , ? - 20th century (United Nations, 1966)1 two units:
A unit of dry capacity for cereals, since 1921 = 0.5 imperial bushels (approximately 18.18 liters). In an earlier period, when Maltese units were influenced by those of Palermo, this unit was known as the tomolo (plural tomoli), which Doursther (1840) describes as 18.10 liters.
A unit of land area, = 6 siegħan, approximately 1,124.1 square meters (legally defined in 1921 as exactly 12,100 square feet, about 0.278 acre). Originally a seed measure of land based on the unit of capacity above.
1. The entry for the tomna in the UN document is in error: a decimal point was dropped. The “5” in the “British” column should be “.5”. Apparently the metric column was calculated from the mistaken British value.
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