biconcia [Italian]

In Venice, 15th – 19th century, a unit of liquid capacity, approximately 129.6 liters. chart showing relationships between Venetian units of liquid capacity The earliest spelling was usually called a bigoncia. Another meaning of the word is “bucket”. Despite the similar names, this unit is about 20 times larger than the ancient Roman bicongius.

Doursther, 1840, page 54.

Martini, 1883, page 818.

examples

Vino vi [in Venice] si vende ad anfora la quale è bocte una un terzo di mena e ogni anfora è iiij bigonce.

In Venice wine is sold by the anfora which is 1 and a third botte di mena, and each anfora is 4 bigoncia.

Chiarini, 1481.

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