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

Definition of nilometer

: 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

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Other Words from nilometer

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

History and Etymology for nilometer

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

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“Nilometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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