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ardeb

[ahr-deb]
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noun
  1. a unit of capacity used for dry measure in Egypt and neighboring countries, officially equivalent in Egypt to 5.62 U.S. bushels, but varying greatly in different localities.
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Origin of ardeb

1860–65; < dialectal Arabic ardabbAramaic 'rdb, perhaps < Old Persian; compare Egyptian Demotic 'rtb, late Akkadian ardabu, Elamite irtiba, Syriac 'arṭba, Greek artábē, Arabic 'irdabbAramaic
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Historical Examples

  • The monthly pay of the mulazemin consists of half a Dervish dollar, and, every fortnight, one-eighth of an ardeb of dhurra.

    Fire and Sword in the Sudan

    Rudolf C. Slatin

  • The commonest food, known as "dokhn" (a kind of millet) rose to 150 dollars, and eventually to 500 dollars the ardeb.

  • In Dongola and Berber the price of dhurra rose to one hundred dollars an ardeb.

  • Every horse-owner is entitled to half an ardeb of dhurra from the beit el mal.

  • It was fortunate that the Negus had posted on his left wing the troops that had learnt our mode of fighting at Ardeb.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka


British Dictionary definitions for ardeb

ardeb

noun
  1. a unit of dry measure used in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. In Egypt it is approximately equal to 0.195 cubic metres
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Word Origin

C19: from Arabic ardabb, from Greek artabē a Persian measure
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