picotin

From the Low Latin picotus, a unit of liquid capacity found in 14th century texts.

1

Traditionally, a picotin was a horse's ration of oats. In France, 15th – 19th centuries, a unit of dry capacity, varying with location.

City Equivalents Liters Source
Barcelona = ¹⁄₄₈ quartera 1.479 1
Brussels of wheat, = ¹⁄₁₆ rasière = 4½ pots wallons 3.047 1
of oats, = ¹⁄₁₆ rasière = 4¾ pots wallons 3.217 1
Lyon = ¼ coupe = ¹⁄₉₆ asnée chart symbol 1.998 1
Marseille = ¹⁄₆₄ charge chart symbol 2.500 1
Namur = ¹⁄₁₆ setier 1.890 1
Paris for oats = 4 litrons chart symbol 3.252 1
Troyes,
13th c.
= ⅛ boisseau   3

1. Doursther (1840).

2. Lettré.

3. Félix Bourquelot.
Études sur les Foires de Champagne…
Mémoires préséntes par divers savants a l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres de l'Institute Impérial de France. 2nd series, volume 5.
Paris: Imprimerie Impériale, 1845.
Page 78.

2

In France, in the provinces of Guienne and Languedoc, a unit of land area used in rural settings.

Locality Equivalents Square meters
Agen = ¹⁄₆₄ carterée = 6¾ square lattes = 972 square pied 113.9032
Aigullon, Coleignes = ¹⁄₃₆ carterée = 12 escats = 1728 square pied d'Agen 202.4946
Beaucaire = ¹⁄₁₀ émine = 1255¹⁄₅ square pan 75.9597

Doursther (1840).

3

In the Spanish province of Lérida, ? – 19th centuries, a unit of dry capacity used for grain, about 764 milliliters.

Dirección General del Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico.
Equivalencias entre las Pesas y Medidas Usadas Antiguamente en las Diversas Provincias de España y las Legales del Sistema Métrico-Decimal.
Publicadas de Real Orden.
Madrid: Imprenta de la Dirección General del Instituto Geográfica y Estadístico, 1886.

Page 33. Calculating from the equivalent given for the “litro de grano”.

home | units index | search |  contact drawing of envelope |  contributors | 
help | privacy | terms of use