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
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
Fusta, sf.
Military craft of small to medium capacity, propelled by sails and oars
Libretto del cargo, sm.
[COMING SOON]
Galea sotile, sf.
Light galley, military vessel
Luogotenente, sm.
Governor
Marano, sm.
Merchant sailing craft of small to medium capacity
Muda, sf.
[COMING SOON]
Nave, sm. (pl. navi)
Square rigged, round shaped merchant ship
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
Proveditori di commun
Magistracy in Venice, among other things it was in charge on handling treasures and property retrieved from sunken ships
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
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.