bī is a kind of ancient spoon or ladle. Cun means inch. Fang cun bi refers to a spoon that hold one cubic inch (of old Chinese measurement). It is about 2.74 ml (c.c.). Some classical medical literature used this term for measuring herb in powder form. One fang cun bi of mineral type of herb is about 2 grams in weight. One fang cun bi of herb from plants is about 1 gram in weight.
匕 (音bī ）是古代的一種取食器具，長柄淺斗，形狀像湯勺。
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