- a device used in Egypt and other Eastern countries for raising water, especially for irrigation, consisting of a long suspended rod with a bucket at one end and a weight at the other.
Origin of shadoof
First recorded in 1830–40, shadoof is from the Egyptian Arabic word shadūf
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Examples from the Web for shadoof
One of the most common sights along the Nile is the shadoof.Birdseye Views of Far Lands
James T. Nichols
This is the shadoof, the same which was used in the time of Moses.From Egypt to Japan
Henry M. Field
The shadoof is used on small farms, and the sakieh is more often used for larger farms and plantations.
The man who works the shadoof stands near the water's edge, below the slender arm of the balance.
Drawing water with the aid of the shadoof is said to be very hard work, especially in so hot a country as Egypt.
- a mechanism for raising water, consisting of a pivoted pole with a bucket at one end and a counterweight at the other, esp as used in Egypt and the Near East
C19: from Egyptian Arabic