dunam

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Hebrew דונם (dunam) or Arabic دونم (dūnum), from Turkish dönüm, from dönmek (to go round).[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʊn.əm/
  • Rhymes: -ʊnəm

NounEdit

dunam (plural dunams)

  1. A variable measure of land area 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).
    • (Can we date this quote?), James Joyce, Ulysses:
      You pay eight marks and they plant a dunam of land for you with olives, oranges, almonds or citrons.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ OED, 2nd edition (1989, online)

AnagramsEdit

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