- a Russian unit of length equal to 28 inches (71 cm).
Origin of arshin
1725–35; < Russian arshín < Tatar aršïn or a cognate Turkic word ≪ Persian
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Examples from the Web for arshin
In his head was a hole, and from the hole the black blood was pouring; the dust for an arshin around was wet with it.A Russian Proprietor
Lyof N. Tolstoi
It stands the Government in about a rouble the arshin, and sells for two roubles.
While a machine is like an arshin (yardstick), it contains exactly so much as the work required.Foma Gordyeff
The little man was really one arshin high, and his beard was seven arshins long.Old Peter's Russian Tales