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feddan

[fuh-dahn, -dan]
noun, plural fed·dan, fed·dans.
  1. an Egyptian unit of area equivalent to 1.038 acres (0.42 ha).
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Origin of feddan

From the Arabic word faddān literally, yoke of oxen
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Historical Examples

  • In the Egypt of to-day land is measured by feddans, the feddan (or paddmi) being the equivalent of our acre.

    Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations

    Archibald Sayce

  • The measure of land is the feddan, equal to 1.03 acres, subdivided into 24 kirats.

  • He had one feddan of land in his own village, but he had no time to work it or harvest it.

  • As he approached it, the lanes leading to the Feddan were being cleared for the mad antics of the Aissawa.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • One or two little cafés we passed round the feddan, and banished any connection between them and lunch for ever and a day.