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- n. Plural form of nilometer.
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The nilometers were ancient devices used to measure the level of the Nile, to warn of flooding or drought.
There were two nilometers on Elephantine: one a pit-style one dedicated to Khnum, the god of the source of the Nile; and another more like a staircase leading down to the river, dedicated to Satet.
a cabinet of generals, lords of nomes, and high admirals, together with the lord of the nilometers, whom she calls together on matters exclusively of state, such as the affairs of the army or of the navy, the condition of the harvests and treasure-cities, and the state of the Nile; on which two last matters the reign of prosperity or