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
flagthe Netherlands
62%
12%
16%
8%
24
flagUkraine
61%
15%
23%
0%
13
flagGermany
51%
8%
27%
11%
86
flagFrance
50%
0%
40%
0%
10
flagthe United States
47%
10%
28%
12%
108
flagCzech Republic
45%
0%
36%
18%
11
flagthe United Kingdom
38%
9%
35%
15%
135
flagNorway
38%
16%
38%
5%
18
flagCanada
37%
6%
50%
6%
16
flagIndia
37%
6%
50%
6%
16
flagPoland
36%
11%
36%
14%
4806
flagUnknown
32%
7%
57%
3%
28
flagRepublic of Ireland
15%
10%
47%
26%
19

Gender

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

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