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A des-jug is indeed a unit of measurement. A des jug of beer is roughly 7/8 pint (or 414ml). Information is from


Eric Peet, on page 117 of The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus offers what may be your explanation: So it would appear that des should describe the unit of liquid volume which would fill a des-jug, and that unit is unique (or at least originally referred to) to an item of the particular design of the des-jug.

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