or e·pha

[ee-fuh, ef-ah]


a Hebrew unit of dry measure, equal to about a bushel (35 liters).

Origin of ephah

1350–1400; Middle English < Hebrew ēphāh
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Historical Examples of ephah

  • Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.

    The Prophet Ezekiel

    Arno C. Gaebelein

  • The ephah is named here, of course, as a standard of dry measure, and the hin as a standard of liquid measure.

  • And he shall prepare a meat offering of an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and an hin of oil for an ephah.

    The Prophet Ezekiel

    Arno C. Gaebelein

  • So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

  • The Ephah of dry measure equalled the Bath of liquid measure, and the Cab was the same in each.

    Archology and the Bible

    George A. Barton

British Dictionary definitions for ephah




a Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to approximately one bushel or about 33 litres

Word Origin for ephah

C16: from Hebrew 'ephāh, of Egyptian origin
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Word Origin and History for ephah

Hebrew dry measure, probably of Egyptian origin.

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