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The English from at least medieval times have hewed to their own measurements—cubits, stones, miles, acres—some of which are still used in America.
Cubit cut his ditch through a natural levee, formed by the pileup of sediment on the river's bank.
These towers were said to be 60 cubits (90 feet) tall and covered with skins which were treated in vinegar, mud, and fire-resistant substances.
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The cubit is an ancient unit of length that may have originated in Egypt close to 5,000 years ago. Cubit can refer to various units used in the ancient world, the actual length of which varied from time to time and place to place, but which was generally equivalent to the length of the human arm from elbow to fingertip-roughly about a foot and a half. (Appropriately, the word's source is a Latin word meaning "elbow.") Starting with the Wycliffe Bible in 1382, cubit has been used as the English translation for the measurement known in Biblical Hebrew as the ammah and in Koine as the péchus.
Origin and Etymology of cubit
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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