cafiz

1

A unit of dry capacity in Spain, 13th century – ?. Also spelled cafis, cafiz and cafiç.  In 17th century England, anglicized as kayis (John Browne, The Merchant's Avizo, 1607.)  From the Arabic “qafīz,” a unit of capacity for grains. Not to be confused with the cahiz, whose variants are generally about three times larger.

The cafiz existed in a number of variants:

1

The cafiz = 12 fanecas each of 9 almuds.  Found in  372.575 liters.

2

A cafiz which = 12 fanecas each of 8 almuds.  Found in 

Some greatly differing local values (early 19th century) were:

  Doursther, 1840  
Alicante 246.37 L 249.30 L
Aragon 180.49 L  
Benicarlo 199.95 L  
Castellón 199.2 L  
Valencia 205.25 L 201.00 L
Zaragoza 179.36 L  

2

In Tunisia, 20th century, the caffis, a unit of capacity for olives, interpreted as a mass of 430 to 450 kilograms.

Technical Conversion Factors…, 1972, page 325.

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