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:

  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  


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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