A Seer (also sihr) is an obsolete unit of mass and volume that was used in parts of Asia.
units of mass
In India, the seer (Government seer) was defined by the Standards of Weights and Measures Act (No. 89 of 1956, amended in 1960 and 1964) as being exactly equal to 0.93310 kg (2.057131 lb). However there were many local variants of the seer in India.
Bengal 80 tolas of rice South India mass of 24 current rupees Chennai (formerly Madras) approx 25 lb (9.33 kg) Juggerat mass of 40 local rupees Mumbai (formerly Bombay) 28 lb (10.45 kg) called the Old Seer
Oman, Nepal and Pakistan
In Afghanistan, it was a unit of mass, approximately 7.066 kg (15.58 lb).
In Persia (and later Iran), it was two units.
- The metric seer was 74.22 g (2.618 oz)
- The seer (sihr) was 160 g (5.64 oz)
In Sri Lanka, it was a measure of capacity, approximately 1.86 pint (1.024 litres)
"Seer". Sizes, grades, units, scales, calendars, chronologies. http://www.sizes.com/units/seer.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
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