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the system of weights in British and U.S. use for goods other than gems, precious metals, and drugs: 2711/32 grains = 1 dram; 16 drams = 1 ounce; 16 ounces = 1 pound; 112 pounds (Brit.) or 100 pounds (U.S.) = 1 hundredweight; 20 hundredweight = 1 ton. The pound contains 7000 grains. Abbr.: av.; avdp.; avoir.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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