syli

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syli (plural sylis)

  1. The monetary unit of Guinea between 1971 and 1985, subdivided into 100 cauris.

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈsyli]
  • Hyphenation: sy‧li

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Uralic *sile or *süli; cognate to Hungarian öl.

Noun[edit]

syli

  1. (archaic.) a measure of distance between two outstretched arms, similar to one fathom
  2. Any space between the arms in which something is held. Often a mis-translation for the English word lap (the space between the knees and upper-body of a seated person)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Calque from Swedish famn (lap, measure of length).

Noun[edit]

syli

  1. A traditional measure of length equal to three cubits.
  2. (nautical) fathom
Usage notes[edit]

Traditionally the Finnish cubit (kyynärä) corresponded to Swedish aln (59.4 cm), thus making the length of syli 178.2 cm (= 70.16 inches). Under the Russian rule (1809–1917) the definition of kyynärä was modified to correspond with Russian аршин (71.12 cm), thus lengthening syli to 213.36 cm (= 84 inches). In nautical terminology, syli corresponds to English fathom (72 inches = 182.88 cm).

Declension[edit]

Although derived from the noun meaning the body part, this word is inflected differently (singular genitive sylen for the length measure, and sylin for the body part).

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