nilometer

noun, often capitalized ni·lom·e·ter \nīˈlämətə(r)\

Definition of nilometer

  1. :  a gauge for measuring the height of water in the Nile especially during its flood; specifically :  a graduated scale cut on a natural rock or in the stone wall of a pit communicating with the river

nilometric

\¦nīlə¦me‧trik\ adjective, often capitalized

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Origin and Etymology of nilometer

modification (influenced by English -meter) of New Latin nilometrion, from Greek neilometrion, from Neilos Nile, river in Africa + -metrion (from metron measure) — more at measure


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