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

  • n. A unit of liquid measure used by the ancient Hebrews, equal to about five liters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measurement, approximately 0.48 litre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Hebrew measure of liquids, containing three quarts, one pint, one gill, English measure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A liquid measure of the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews.

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

  • n. ancient Hebrew unit of liquid measure = 1.5 gallons


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew hîn, of Egyptian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin hin, from Hebrew הִֽין, from Egyptian hnw ("jar, about half a liter"): (Wiktionary)



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