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or arshine

[ahr-sheen] /ɑrˈʃin/
a Russian unit of length equal to 28 inches (71 cm).
Origin of arshin
1725-35; < Russian arshín < Tatar aršïn or a cognate Turkic word ≪ Persian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The little man was really one arshin high, and his beard was seven arshins long.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
  • It stands the Government in about a rouble the arshin, and sells for two roubles.

  • In his head was a hole, and from the hole the black blood was pouring; the dust for an arshin around was wet with it.

    A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi
  • While a machine is like an arshin (yardstick), it contains exactly so much as the work required.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky

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