sha·​doof shə-ˈdüf How to pronounce shadoof (audio)
variants or less commonly shaduf
: a counterbalanced sweep used since ancient times especially in Egypt for raising water (as for irrigation)

Word History


Arabic shādūf

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shadoof was in 1836

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“Shadoof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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