handbreadth

noun
hand·breadth | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbretth , -ˌbreth , -ˌbredth \
variants: or \ˈhan(d)z-ˌbretth, -ˌbreth, -ˌbredth \

Definition of handbreadth 

: any of various units of length varying from about 2¹/₂ to 4 inches based on the breadth of a hand

First Known Use of handbreadth

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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