Glossary of Technical Terms

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Units & Measures

COIN
Ducati Grossi Piccoli
Lira Soldi Dinari
Ducato d’oro
Ducato scomputo
Ducato corrente
CAPACITY
Balla, sf.
Botta, sf.
1 Venetian botta = 0.6 [L1]
Collo, sm.
Ligazzo, sm.
Mier (Milliaro), sm.
sotile / grossum
Mistati 48, sm.
measure of capacity of wine [UT]
Mozzo (Moggio), sm. (pl. Mozza)
1.09 ton
Mozetto, sm.
21.7 mozetto of Cypriot salt = 1 botta [acc. to C. 61, reg. 2, f. 37]
Refuso, sm.
Saccho, sm.
Staro, sm. (pl. Stara)
1 stara veneziana = 83.3 litres in volume, and 62.9 kg in weight [L1, L2]
LENGTH
Miglia (millie), sm.
1 Venetian mile, =
Dedo (deo), sm.
1/16 piede veneto, = 2,17cm [M]
Passo, sm. (pl. Passa)
5 piedi veneziani, = 173.9cm [M]
Piede (pìe), sm.
Linear measuring unit, = piede Veneziano = 34,78cm [M, L2]
Quàrta, sf.
Linear measuring unit, = half piede Veneziano, divided to 6 onze [M]

Technical Terms

Ambra, sf.
Amber [BT]
Bozzolado, sm.
Threads or raw silk [PG]
Canella, sf.
Cinnamon
Canovàccio, sm.
Hemp or cloth [BT]
Capitanio, sm.
Captain of a convoy of galleys or ships
Carisèa, sf.
Fabric from wool or silk [BT]
Cedràrio, sm.
Basil [BT]
Cenere, sm.
Ash, carried in sacks
Concilio di XII
A body with judicial authorities on board ships [COMING SOON]
Cordovano, sm.
Animal hide [BT]
Gàlbano, sm.
Balsamic resin or gum [BT]
Garoffalo (Garofano), sm.
Cloves [BT]
Gotono, sm.
Cotton, carried in sacks
Grippo, sm.
Lateen-rigged fast craft of small to medium capacity [COMING SOON]
Fusta, sf.
Military craft of small to medium capacity, propelled by sails and oars [COMING SOON]
Libretto del cargo, sm.
[COMING SOON]
Galea sotile, sf.
Light galley, military vessel [COMING SOON]
Luogotenente, sm.
Governor
Marano, sm.
Merchant sailing craft of small to medium capacity [COMING SOON]
Muda, sf.
[COMING SOON]
Nave, sm. (pl. navi)
Square rigged, round shaped merchant ship [COMING SOON]
Nose, sm.
Nuts, loaded in sacks [BT]
Panno, sm.
Woolen, loaded in balle
Pellame, sm.
Animal fur; raw or dry furry hides [BT]
Proveditori ale biave
Magistracy in Venice in charge on the supply and transports of grain, barely etc [COMING SOON]
Proveditori di commun
Magistracy in Venice, among other things it was in charge on handling treasures and property retrieved from sunken ships [COMING SOON]
Ramo, sm.
Copper [BT]
Risigallo (risalgaio), sm.
Arsenic sulfide [BT]
Riobàrbaro, sm.
Common name for spices of the type of Rheum, of the polygonaceae family [BT]
Sarma vechia (salma?), sf.
Carriage (?) [BT]
Scarlatto sf.
Scarlet, lucrative red colored woolen tinted from the bug grana [BT]
Seda (seta), sf.
Silk
Sindici in Levante
Supervisors which were sent to the colonies in order to supervise the conduct of colonial officials [COMING SOON]
Stagno sm.
Tin plate [BT]
Zanzero sm.
Ginger, loaded in sucks

B = G. Boerio, Dizionario del dialetto veneziano, Venice 1829.

BT = S. Battaglia, Il grande dizionario della lingua italiana. I-xxI, Torino, 1961-2002.

C = F. Corazzini, Vocabolario nautico italiano, I-VII, Torino-Firenze 1900-1907.

D = W. T. Davis, Naval Dictionary, Italian – English and English – Italian, Milan 1921.

G = A. Guglielmotti, Vocabolario marino e militare, Rome 1889.

L1 = Lane, Venice – A Maritime Republic, pp. 479-80.

L2 = Lane, Navires, pp. 239, 241-242.

M = Munerotto

P = ‘Salariato’, ed. Pellegrini.

PG = pegoloti , la pratica.

R = Rampazzetto, Descrittione dell'artifitiosa machina.

T = Il vocabulario Treccani, Rome 1997.

UT = Tucci, il commercio, p. 200.