laden [Amharic]

In Ethiopia, a unit used for grains. It is both a unit of capacity – the capacity of a large goatskin bag – and of mass, about 30 kilograms. Compare aqmada.


In the old days we used to sow 16 laden (sheepskin bags) of seeds and harvest 15 aqmada (large sheepskin bags). Now the land has been completely eroded by floods. ...

In the old days you could buy a lot of things with a few cents; you could buy a laden of teff (staple crop) with just 50 cents or two laden of barley with fifty cents.

Transcript of interview with Negussie, March 1997.
Oral Testimony Project of the Panos Institute.
On the web at Retrieved 4 January 2009.

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