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  • n. A variable measure of land in the Ottoman Empire and its successor states: the amount of land that can be plowed in a day, now often standardized as one decare (1000 m²), but sometimes as much as 2500 m² (in Iraq).


From Hebrew דונם (dûnām) or Arabic دونم (dūnum), from Turkish dönüm, from dönmek ("to go round"). (Wiktionary)



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  • A measure of land which appears to have been used in the days of the Ottoman Empire, hence cognates in Hebrew, Arabic and Turkish.

    September 13, 2008

  • You pay eight marks and they plant a dunam of land for you with olives, oranges, almonds or citrons.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 4

    December 31, 2006