Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure, equal to a tenth of a homer or about one bushel (35 liters).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Hebrew dry measure, equal to the liquid measure called a bath (which see).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A Hebrew dry measure, supposed to be equal to two pecks and five quarts. Ten ephahs make one homer.

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  • noun biblical An ancient Hebrew unit of dry volume measure, equal to a bath or to one-tenth of a homer. It is approximately equal to 22 litres.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to about a bushel

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew 'êpâ, probably from Egyptian 'pt.]

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From Hebrew אֵיפָה (eifá).

Examples

  • The ephah is the Hebrew dry measure containing about a bushel, or seven and a half gallons.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • And some think that the mentioning of an ephah, which is used in buying and selling, intimates that fraud, and deceit, and extortion in commerce, were sins abounding much among them, as that people are known to be notoriously guilty of them at this day.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The ephah was a measure which the Jews used in selling: they made the ephah small; they gave not full measure.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • -- Ed. [23] A tenth deal is the tenth part of a Hebrew measure, called the ephah, containing about a bushel.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 03

  • Charles II on September 21, 2008 your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed?

    Mercury Rising 鳯女

  • Charles II on September 21, 2008 your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed?

    Mercury Rising 鳯女

  • Charles II on September 21, 2008 your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed?

    Mercury Rising 鳯女

  • Charles II on September 21, 2008 your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed?

    Mercury Rising 鳯女

  • Look up in any Bible dictionary, under "Weights and Measures," the approximate size of an "ephah," which was the common Hebrew unit of dry measure, and "hin," which was their common unit for measuring liquids.

    Hebrew Life and Times

  • So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. —

    The Dor�� Gallery of Bible Illustrations

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