kejla [Maltese]

Plural, kejliet. From the Maltese kejl, “measure”. In Malta Map showing the location of Malta , two units:

1

? – 20th century, with increasingly rare usage in the early 21st century, a unit of dry capacity, about 303 milliliters.  link to a table showing relationships between Maltese units of dry capacity

Even as recently as 15 years ago [circa 1990-ed.] one could encounter countrywomen pushing small carts or prams with a keg of capers in brine and calling “Kejla kappar, kejla kappar”.¹

1. Sammy Vella, email of 8 June 2005.

2

A seed measure of land based on the above unit of capacity, approximately 18.7354 square meters (about 22.41 square yards). link to a table showing relationships between Maltese units of land area Remained in official use in the early 21st century.¹

1. United Nations, 1966.

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