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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flagthe United Arab Emirates
80%
0%
20%
0%
10
flagItaly
68%
8%
24%
0%
25
flagSpain
63%
0%
27%
9%
11
flagthe Netherlands
60%
12%
18%
9%
33
flagSwitzerland
58%
8%
33%
0%
12
flagGermany
50%
9%
28%
10%
97
flagCzech Republic
50%
0%
33%
16%
12
flagthe United States
46%
10%
29%
12%
119
flagFrance
45%
9%
36%
0%
11
flagUkraine
42%
19%
19%
14%
21
flagRussia
42%
7%
42%
7%
14
flagGreece
40%
30%
0%
30%
10
flagthe United Kingdom
39%
9%
33%
16%
159
flagIndia
38%
4%
47%
9%
21
flagNorway
35%
15%
45%
5%
20
flagPoland
34%
11%
37%
15%
6350
flagCanada
26%
13%
52%
8%
23
flagUnknown
17%
14%
50%
17%
271
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
8%
52%
24%
25
flagSweden
14%
14%
42%
28%
14

Gender

men28%
women31%
carob seed
28%
31%
a drop of lead
14%
13%
handful of sand
39%
38%
swallow's egg
18%
16%

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