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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of length formerly used in Russia and Turkey, equal to about 71 centimeters (28 inches).

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  • n. a Russian unit of length (71 cm)


Russian arshin, from Tatar arshyn, an ell; akin to Turkish arşin, from Middle Persian ārešn, cubit, from Old Persian arašn-, ell; see el- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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