or sha·duf

[ shah-doof ]
/ ʃɑˈduf /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for shadoof



/ (ʃəˈduːf) /


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

Word Origin for shadoof

C19: from Egyptian Arabic
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