匁 An old Japanese unit of mass = 1/1000 kan, after 1891 = 3.75 grams. In medieval times, the monme was a monetary unit, ¹⁄60 of a ryō (両), a small gold coin.
United Nations, 1966.
In the United States, 19th – 20th centuries, through trade with Japan in silk cloth the momme became a unit indicating the quality of silk cloth, = the weight in pounds of 100 yards of silk cloth 45 inches wide.
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