cortán [Spanish]

Also called a quartan.


In the province of Tarragona, Spain, ? – 19th century, a unit of dry capacity, about 5.92 liters.¹

Doursther, however, following Altés, describes two Barcelonean cortans, both units of liquid capacity:

The confusion in Doursther, Kelly, Nelkenbrecher, etc. (and this entry) reflects the astounding complexity of pre-metric units of liquid capacity in Catalonia. Readers who need more details should consult Alsina, Feliu and Marquet, chapter 7, Les mesures de líquids, pages 60-80.

1. Dirección General del Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico.
Equivalencias entre las Pesas y Medidas Usadas Antiguamente en las Diversas Provincias de España y las Legales del Sistema Métrico-Decimal.
Publicadas de Real Orden.
Madrid: Imprenta de la Dirección General del Instituto Geográfica y Estadístico, 1886.


In Majorca, the cortan or quartan, used for oil, = ¹⁄₁₂ odre, about 4.043 liters.



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