In England, at least as early as the 15th century – 16th?, a unit of count for eels = 10 stikes = 250 eels. Same value as a bind.
Elys by the Stike and the Gwyde. Also Elys be sold by the stike, that ys xxv elys; and x styckys make a gwyde, iicl by vxx.
Eels by the stike and gwyde. Also eels are sold by the stike, that is 25 eels; and ten stikes make a gwyde, two hundred fifty by the hundred of five score.
MS. Cotton, Vesp. E. IX, ff 86-110. 15th century. See Hall and Nicholas.
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