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shaduf

[shah-doof]
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noun
  1. shadoof.

shadoof

or sha·duf

[shah-doof]
noun
  1. a device used in Egypt and other Eastern countries for raising water, especially for irrigation, consisting of a long suspended rod with a bucket at one end and a weight at the other.

Origin of shadoof

First recorded in 1830–40, shadoof is from the Egyptian Arabic word shadūf
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Examples from the Web for shaduf

Historical Examples

  • There is hardly a shaduf to be seen and very little cultivation, it is either desert or stony hills on each side.

    Round the Wonderful World

    G. E. Mitton


British Dictionary definitions for shaduf

shaduf

noun
  1. a variant spelling of shadoof

shadoof

shaduf

noun
  1. a mechanism for raising water, consisting of a pivoted pole with a bucket at one end and a counterweight at the other, esp as used in Egypt and the Near East

Word Origin

C19: from Egyptian Arabic
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