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Latin schoenus, from Ancient Greek σχοῖνος ‎(skhoînos, a rush, a reed, a land measure).


schene ‎(plural schenes)

  1. (historical) An Egyptian or Persian measure of length, varying from thirty-two to sixty stadia.
    • 1786, Mr. Savary, “Letters on Egypt”, in The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature[1], volume 62, page 440:
      Herodotus has fixed the measure of the schene, in Lower Egypt, at four miles, or a league and a quarter.
    • 1817, Encyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature, volume 15:
      With regard to the extent of this lake, we recur again to the testimonies above cited: Herodotus says, that the circumference of the lake Mœris was 3600 stadia, or sixty schenes, which, says the historian, form the dimensions of the maritime base of Egypt, (seventy-five leagues.)
    • 1917, Charles Francis Horne, The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East[2], volume 2:
      We embarked, we parted; we were not long in arriving at the north of Coptos, the distance of a schene.




  1. (archaic) singular past subjunctive of schijnen