couple1 (c.1300)

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couple1 (c.1300)

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]

The etymology of this word, used as a unit of measure for transporting figs and raisins, is unclear. It may be the same as couple2, and needs to be translated as 'couple of casks' or a 'double pack'.


1volumeunitbasket (measure of capacity)
( c.1300 )  De la couple des fyges et reysyns .j. d.  ii 14
( 1309-10 )  2 couple et di. de ficubus  6
( c.1310 )  In 1 couple de racemis  510
( 1385 )  trois mill’ couples de fikes et reisyns  vii 42
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