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ephah

or epha

[ee-fuh, ef-ah] /ˈi fə, ˈɛf ɑ/
noun
1.
a Hebrew unit of dry measure, equal to about a bushel (35 liters).
Origin of ephah
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Hebrew ēphāh
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  • Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • The ephah is named here, of course, as a standard of dry measure, and the hin as a standard of liquid measure.

  • And he shall prepare a meat offering of an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and an hin of oil for an ephah.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

  • The ephah of dry measure equalled the Bath of liquid measure, and the Cab was the same in each.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • So she gleaned in the field until even; and she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • She has the offering of jealousy in her hand—the tenth part of an ephah of barley-meal.

  • The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and ephah.

    The Christ Myth Arthur Drews
  • So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.

  • Gather up a few gleanings from the field, and beat them out, that it may be found that Ruth had at least "one ephah of barley."

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for ephah

ephah

/ˈiːfə/
noun
1.
a Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to approximately one bushel or about 33 litres
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew 'ephāh, of Egyptian origin
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Word Origin and History for ephah
n.

Hebrew dry measure, probably of Egyptian origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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