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:
The cafiz = 12 fanecas each of 9 almuds. Found in 372.575 liters.
A cafiz which = 12 fanecas each of 8 almuds. Found in
Some greatly differing local values (early 19th century) were:
|Alicante||246.37 L||249.30 L|
|Valencia||205.25 L||201.00 L|
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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