Tamil (அடடி). In southern India, ? – 19th century, a unit of length, about 10.46 inches. Usually encountered as adee.
In Bengal, India, ? – 19th century, a unit of capacity. Possibly Wilson's transliteration (source note 1) is not the one used at the time, or possibly it was. The Bengali noun and adjective (আধ, আধা [ādha, ādhā]) mean “half.” Four maunds to a seer, so two maunds is half a seer. Biswas notes¹: “আধসের n. (now obs.) half a seer.”
1. Sailendra Biswas.
Samsad Bengali-English Dictionary, 3rd ed.
Calcutta: Sahitya Samsad, 2000.
Áḍi, or Áḍhi, Beng. ( ) A measure of capacity, equal, in the neighbourhood of Calcutta, to two maunds.
Aḍi, corruptly Addy, Tam. (அடடி) A foot ; also a measure of length, a short foot = 10.46 inches : 57,600 square adis are equal to a káni, q.v.
H. H. Wilson, 1855, page 7.
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