Find the word definition

Crossword clues for tola

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tola \To"la\, n. [Hind., from Skr. tul[=a] a balance.] A weight of British India. The standard tola is equal to 180 grains.


n. a unit of mass used in India, equal to the mass of a silver rupee coin, fixed at 180 troy grains ((nowrap: 11.663 8038 grams)) in 1833, of a similar but slightly variable value before that date

Tola (biblical figure)

Tola was one of the Judges of Israel whose career is documented in Judges 10:1-2. Tola, the son of Puah and the grandson of Dodo from the tribe of Issachar, judged Israel for twenty-three years after Abimelech died and lived at Shamir in Mount Ephraim, where he was also buried.

Of all the Biblical judges, the least is written about Tola. None of his deeds are recorded. The entire account from Judges 10:1-2 ( KJV) follows:

And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

Tola (meaning worm, but also used for scarlet) is in contrast to son of Puah (meaning splendid and was the name of one of the Egyptian midwives who saved the little Israelite boys.) A tola worm lives in a tree and is crushed to make a red dye (hence the word use for scarlet) . This is the word used in Psalm 22, 'I am a worm (tola) and not a man.'

Tola (unit)

The tola (; ; tolā. from ; tolaka) Punjabi ਤੋਲਾ , also transliterated as tolah or tole, is a traditional South Asian unit of mass, now standardised as 180  troy grains or exactly 3/8  troy ounce. It was the base unit of mass in the British Indian system of weights and measures introduced in 1833, although it had been in use for much longer. It was also used in Aden and Zanzibar: in the latter, one tola was equivalent to 175.90 troy grains (0.97722222 British tolas, or 11.33980925 grams).

The tola is a Vedic measure, with the name derived from the Sanskrittol (तोलः roott तुल्) meaning "weighing" or "weight". One tola was traditionally the weight of 100 ratti (ruttee) seeds, and its exact weight varied according to locality. However, it is also a convenient mass for a coin: several pre-colonial coins, including the currency of Akbar the Great (1556–1605), had a mass of "one tola" within slight variation. The very first rupee (; rupayā), minted by Sher Shah Suri (1540–45), had a mass of 178 troy grains, or about 1% less than the British tola. The British East India Company issued a silver rupee coin of 180 troy grains, and this became the practical standard mass for the tola well into the 20th century.

The British tola of 180 troy grains (from 1833) can be seen as more of a standardisation than a redefinition: the previous standard in the Bengal Presidency, the system of "sicca weights", was the mass of one Murshidabad rupee, 179.666 troy grains. For the larger weights used in commerce (in the Bengal Presidency), the variation in the pre-1833 standards was found to be greater than the adjustment.

The tola formed the base for units of mass under the British Indian system, and was also the standard measure of gold and silver bullion. Although the tola has been officially replaced by metric units since 1956, it is still in current use, and is a popular denomination for gold bullion bars in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Singapore, with a ten tola bar being the most commonly traded. In Nepal, minting of tola size gold coins continue up to the present, even though the currency of Nepal is called rupee and has no official connection to the tola. It is also used in most gold markets (bazars/souks) in the United Arab Emirates and in all the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) countries.

Tola is still used as a measure of charas. (Indian hashish)


Tola may refer to:

Tola (name)

Tola is female given name. Tola in Polish language meaning prospering.

Usage examples of "tola".

We of Gola were unwarned until the two cylinders hung directly above Tola, the greatest city of that time, which still lies in its ruins since that memorable day.

Sister Necht, can you find me the physician, was Brother Tola his name?

Sister Necht, who came to inform Brother Tola only after he had left the abbey.

He moved toLa Pazand spent his days reminiscing and watching the world go by at the Cafe La Paz, just a couple of blocks away from theUSembassy.

Avakian sits in a spex-masked trance, still trying to integrate the flood of data from Tola with the much less tractable and user-friendly uploads from Othniel.

He went Bother banks and lending institutions, but for reasons f,could not fathom, they refused to come to his assis-The day after he was forced into bankruptcy tolas committed suicide.