[ ahr-deb ]
/ ˈɑr dɛb /


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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈɑːdɛb) /


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

Word Origin for ardeb

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