Question:

What equals 2.54 centimeters and originally meant 3 barley corns end-to-end?

Answer:

In 1324, Edward II decreed that the inch was the length of 3 barley corns placed end-to-end. The inch is the basis of the Imperial measures of length, and is now legally defined as exactly 2.54 centimetres.


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Indian weights and measures
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Units of length
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