In Indonesia, 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of mass, approximately 15.44 gram. From the Dutch.
United Nations 1966.
In the Netherlands, a unit of mass belonging to the loth family of weights. Pre-metric, the lood = ¹/₃₂ Amsterdam pond, about 15.44 grams. When the Netherlands adopted the metric system in 1817 it gave Dutch names to the units, and the decagram (10 grams) was named “lood”.
Also called a gros.
After Belgium separated from the Netherlands in 1830, it apparently continued to use the lood = 10 grams for some time.
(UN 1966) records the lood as a unit of mass in the Netherlands = 10 kilograms. This entry does not appear in the 1955 edition. We suspect a data entry error for = 10 grams.
International Critical Tables (1926) is confused about this unit. Belgium as a sovereign state did not even exist in 1816-1820.
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