In Portugal and Brazil , units of capacity and of mass. Also spelled oitava (masculine, outavo, oitavo, respectively). The word means “eighth”.
In Portugal, a unit of dry capacity, an eighth of an alquiere of Lisbon, about 1.415 liter (about 1.50 U.S. liquid quarts).
A unit of mass, an eighth of an onça, about 3.586 grams.
In Brazil, the outava used for trade in precious stones was divided into 18 quilates.
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