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
63%
10%
15%
10%
19
flagUkraine
61%
15%
23%
0%
13
flagGermany
51%
8%
29%
9%
82
flagFrance
50%
0%
40%
0%
10
flagthe United States
46%
9%
29%
13%
103
flagNorway
41%
11%
41%
5%
17
flagCanada
37%
6%
50%
6%
16
flagIndia
37%
6%
50%
6%
16
flagUnknown
37%
12%
50%
0%
16
flagPoland
35%
12%
37%
14%
4532
flagthe United Kingdom
35%
9%
38%
17%
117
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
11%
44%
27%
18

Gender

men31%
women31%
carob seed
31%
31%
a drop of lead
13%
13%
handful of sand
37%
37%
swallow's egg
17%
17%

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