# Eritrean units of measurement

A number of units of measurement were used in Eritrea to measure length, mass, capacity, etc.

## Units during the first half of the 20th century

In addition to metric units, a number of local and provincial units were used in Eritrea.[1]

### Length

Several units were used to measure length. Some of units (note: these units are vary from one province or city to another and these units are local units) are given below:[1][2]

1 cubi = 0.32 m

1 emmet (1 derah) = 0.46 m.

### Mass

Several units were used to measure mass. These units are vary from one province or city to another and these units are local units.[1] One rotolo (pound) was equal to 0.448 g.[1][2] Some other units are given below:[1][2]

1 okia (ounce) = 1/16 rotolo

1 gisla = 163 kg.

### Capacity

Several units were used to measure mass. These units are vary from one province or city to another and these units are local units.[1] One messé was equal to 1.50 l.[1][2] Some other units are given below:[1][2] 1 cabaho = 4 messé

1 tanica = 12 messé

1 ghebeta = 16 messé

1 entelam = 128 messé.

## References

1. Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 6.
2. Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.