One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A natural stone used as a weight, especially in measuring quantities of butter; especially a fossil echinoid of a particular kind (so used because they consistently had a weight of approximately one pound). Now historical.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Timothy Kendall (fl. 1572–1577), translator and poet. From pound + stone.
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