- a native peasant or laborer in Egypt, Syria, etc.
Origin of fellah
First recorded in 1735–45, fellah is from the Arabic word fallāḥ peasant
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Examples from the Web for fellaheen
The faces of the fellaheen are the faces of Thotmes and Seti.The Weavers, Complete
It has freed the plain to the fellaheen, though still it keeps my island in its clasp.
Still the fellaheen plough with the camel yoked with the ox.
The fellaheen along the roads caught them as they could, and sold them to their neighbors.
They are poor girls, daughters of two of our neighbors who are fellaheen or farmers.
- a peasant in Arab countries
C18: from Arabic, dialect variant of fallāh, from falaha to cultivate
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Word Origin and History for fellaheen
"Egyptian peasant," 1743, from Arabic fallah "plowman," from falaha "to till the soil."
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