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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



an old Russian unit of dry measure. First mentioned in the late 15th century the os’mina equaled one-half of a chetvert’, or four chetveriki. (The chetvert’ was the basic dry measure for grain.) The Statute of Weights and Measures of 1899 standardized the os’mina at 104.956 liters.

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