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handbreadth

[hand-bredth, -bretth] /ˈhændˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ/
noun
1.
a unit of linear measure from 2½ to 4 inches (6.4 to 10 cm).
Also, hand'sbreadth
[handz-bredth, -bretth, -breth] /ˈhændzˌbrɛdθ, -ˌbrɛtθ, -ˌbrɛθ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of handbreadth
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; hand + breadth
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handbreadth

/ˈhændˌbrɛtθ; -ˌbrɛdθ/
noun
1.
the width of a hand used as an indication of length
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