See also para and parra.


In Sri Lanka, a unit of dry capacity, about 25.426 liters (about 23.1 U.S. dry quarts. link to a chart showing relationships between Ceylonese units of dry capacity Also romanized as para and parrah.

While the island was a British colony, the standard parrah was a cube 11.57 inches on a side¹, about 25.41 liters.

1. Robert Montgomery Martin.
History of the Colonies of the British Empire in the West Indies, South America, North America, Asia...
London: W. H. Allen & Co. and George Routledge, 1843.

Page 396.


In southern India, ? – 19ᵗʰ century, a unit of dry capacity, about 21 liters.



Para, Mal[ayalam]. ( ) A measure of capacity, commonly, though incorrectly, written Parrah, or Purtah, and consequently confounded with a different measure : see Parra : the Para is the common grain measure of Malabar, equal to 10 yedangallis, and containing 1264 cubic inches [about 20.7 liters], rather more than 4 imperial gallons or 40 lb. avoirdupois : as applied to seed corn it denotes the quantity required to sow a certain extent of land so as to produce a given amount of rent by the sale-price of the crop : the land varies in extent according to its greater or lesser fertility, sometimes yielding a return of thirty times the seed, sometimes only five times: the ordinary range of extent is from about 6400 to about 9600 square feet; according to Mr. Arbuthnot (Malayalam selections), lands in Malabar are distinguished under three classes, a field of the first yielding twenty-fold, or about 40 Paras to two of seed, the second fifteen-fold, or thirty paras, and the third ten-fold, or twenty paras.

H. H. Wilson, 1855, page 399-400.

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