dunam

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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.

References[edit]

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

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