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fellah

[fel-uh] /ˈfɛl ə/
noun, plural fellahs Arabic, fellahin, fellaheen
[fel-uh-heen] /ˌfɛl əˈhin/ (Show IPA)
1.
a native peasant or laborer in Egypt, Syria, etc.
Origin of fellah
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45, fellah is from the Arabic word fallāḥ peasant
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  • The faces of the fellaheen are the faces of Thotmes and Seti.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Still the fellaheen plough with the camel yoked with the ox.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • It has freed the plain to the fellaheen, though still it keeps my island in its clasp.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • They are poor girls, daughters of two of our neighbors who are fellaheen or farmers.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • The fellaheen along the roads caught them as they could, and sold them to their neighbors.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • The people are poorer than any fellaheen (peasants) you ever saw.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • fellaheen and negro, they showed a vim and intelligence in track-making that Europeans could not surpass.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • Dervish spears were thrown into and over the staunch and unyielding Soudanese and fellaheen soldiery.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • There can be no doubt about one thing,—whatever may be said of fellaheen troopers, the Blacks will charge home.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • A little more than half belong to the peasant class and are known as "fellaheen."

    Our Moslem Sisters Annie Van Sommer
British Dictionary definitions for fellaheen

fellah

/ˈfɛlə/
noun (pl) fellahs, fellahin, fellaheen (ˌfɛləˈhiːn)
1.
a peasant in Arab countries
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic, dialect variant of fallāh, from falaha to cultivate
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Word Origin and History for fellaheen

fellah

n.

"Egyptian peasant," 1743, from Arabic fallah "plowman," from falaha "to till the soil."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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