What was used as a unit of mass in the classical times?

carob seed
a drop of lead
handful of sand
swallow's egg
Carat, a unit of mass equal to 200 mg, is derived from a carob seed (Greek kerá­tion). People commonly believed that the seeds have un­usu­al­ly low vari­abil­i­ty in mass. Modern research denied this claim.

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carob seed
a drop of lead
handful of sand
swallow's egg
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flagItaly
72%
11%
16%
0%
18
flagUkraine
61%
15%
23%
0%
13
flagthe Netherlands
58%
11%
17%
11%
17
flagGermany
50%
6%
30%
11%
72
flagthe United States
46%
10%
30%
13%
100
flagNorway
41%
11%
41%
5%
17
flagIndia
40%
6%
46%
6%
15
flagCanada
40%
6%
46%
6%
15
flagPoland
35%
12%
37%
14%
4402
flagthe United Kingdom
35%
10%
37%
17%
108
flagUU
33%
16%
50%
0%
12
flagRepublic of Ireland
17%
11%
41%
29%
17

Gender

men32%
women31%
carob seed
32%
31%
a drop of lead
13%
13%
handful of sand
37%
38%
swallow's egg
17%
17%

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