In India, ? – 19th century,
Ghaṛi, Ghuṛee, inaccurately, Ghurree, H[indi]. () Ghaṛi or Ghaṭi, Ben[gali]. ( ) Ghaṛi and Ghaṭi, Mar[athi]. () Ghaḍi or Ghaḷige, Karn. () Ghaṭika, Tel[ugu]. () A measure of time, a term of twenty-four minutes, being one sixtieth part of a day and night: in common use it has also come to signify an English hour. Any instrument for computing and announcing time ; originally the Hindu clepsydra and the brass plate or gong on which the hours were struck, but latterly the English watch or clock. The term, in its signification of an hour of twenty-four minutes, was applied also, in the Delhi district, to one mode of distributing the assessment of a village : each cultivator being charged one sixtieth of the whole for each ghaṛi in the day during which he had drawn water for the irrigation of his lands from the royal canal. It also denotes the subdivision of a village in the Dehli district, as, Khandigaon, which is divided into 144 langris, and each langri into eight ghaṛis. The vernacular terms are derived from the S[anskrit]., in which ghaṭi is the timepiece, and ghaṭiká the hour which it marks ; but in use both meanings are commonly attached to the same word.
H. H. Wilson, 1855, page 174.
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