fio

In parts of India influenced by Portugal, 16th century, a unit of mass.

Mathew gives a value of 800 grams. However, he also says (page 238, without citing a source) 100 fios = 1 faraçola, and gives for the faraçola values ranging from 8.31 kilograms to 10.37 kg, depending on locality, which would give the fio a value between 83.1 grams and 103.7 g. In other words, Mathew's values are internally inconsistent.

K[uzhippalli] S[karia] Mathew.
Portuguese Trade with India in the sixteenth century.
New Delhi: Manohar, 1983.

Page 237, citing
Antonio Nunez.
Lyvro dos pesos da Ymdia, e assy medidas e mohedas.
1554.
page 47.
which is published in
Rodrigo José de Lima Felner.
Subsídios para a história da India Portugueza...
Lisbon: Academia Real das Sciencias, 1868.

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