sestiere [Italian]

In Euboea, one of the Greek Islands, 15th century, a unit of liquid capacity used for oil, about 70 liters. Its real name would have been Greek; we are not certain what it was. In any case the word is one of a number of names of units derived from the Latin sextarius, a sixth part.

Olio si vende in Negroponte a mirri che si conta che 90 sestieri fanno in Vinegia migliaio 1 d'olio e lo 1/6 si ragiona 8 paluze, che pesa libbre 12½.

Oil is sold in Euboea by the miro which contains 90 sestieri, which make in Venice one migliaio of oil and the sestiere is estimated at 8 palluzza which weighs 12½ libbre.

Chiarini, 1481.

ojo se vende a Nigroponte a miero, e lo mier se conta sesti 100 e li sesti 90 geta a Veniexia mier 1. E da saver che lo sesto se raxona pajazi 8, che pesa livre 12½.

Oil is sold in Euboea by the miro, and the miro contains 100 sestieres and 90 sestieres equals 1 Venetian mirro.  And the sestiere is estimated at 8 palluzza which weighs 12½ libbre.

Bartomeo Pesi.
Tarifa xoè noticia dy pexi e mexure di luoghi e tere che s'adovra marcadantia per el mondo
, 1503.
Both quotations from Borlandi, page 56.

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