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cubit

[ kyoo-bit ]
/ ˈkyu bɪt /
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noun

an ancient linear unit based on the length of the forearm, from elbow to the tip of the middle finger, usually from 17 to 21 inches (43 to 53 centimeters).

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Origin of cubit

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, Old English, from Latin cubitum “elbow, cubit”; perhaps akin to cubāre “to lie down”
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cubit
/ (ˈkjuːbɪt) /

noun

an ancient measure of length based on the length of the forearm

Word Origin for cubit

C14: from Latin cubitum elbow, cubit
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