shadoof
also shaduf noun Etymology: Arabic shādūf Date: 1836 a counterbalanced sweep used since ancient times especially in Egypt for raising water (as for irrigation)

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  • Shadoof — Sha*doof (sh[.a]*d[=oo]f ), n. [Ar. sh[=a]d[=u]f.] A machine, resembling a well sweep, used in Egypt for raising water from the Nile for irrigation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shadoof — [shä do͞of′] n. [Ar shādūf] a device consisting of a long, pivoted pole with a bucket on one end and a weight on the other, used in the Near East for raising water, esp. in irrigating land …   English World dictionary

  • Shadoof — A shadoof or shaduf (an Arabic word, شادوف, šādūf ; also anciently known by the Greek name κήλων or κηλώνειον, kēlōn or kēlōneion ) is an irrigation tool. A less common English translation is swape. [cite web url =… …   Wikipedia

  • shadoof — /shah doohf /, n. a device used in Egypt and other Eastern countries for raising water, esp. for irrigation, consisting of a long suspended rod with a bucket at one end and a weight at the other. Also, shaduf. [1830 40; < Egyptian Ar shaduf] * *… …   Universalium

  • shadoof — noun A device used to gather water, consisting of a pivoted stick with a bucket on the end of it …   Wiktionary

  • shadoof — n. irrigation tool or water moving apparatus that was used in ancient Egypt still in use in other Eastern countries …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shadoof — [ʃə du:f] noun a pole with a bucket and counterpoise used especially in Egypt for raising water. Origin C19: from Egyptian Arab. šādūf …   English new terms dictionary

  • shadoof — sha·doof …   English syllables

  • shadoof — sha•doof [[t]ʃɑˈduf[/t]] n. agr. civ a device used in the Near East for raising water, esp. for irrigation, consisting of a long suspended rod with a bucket at one end and a weight at the other • Etymology: 1830–40; < Egyptian Ar shadūf …   From formal English to slang

  • shadoof — /ʃəˈduf/ (say shuh doohf) noun a contrivance used in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries for raising water, especially for irrigation, consisting of a long suspended rod with a bucket at one end and a weight at the other. Also, shaduf.… …   Australian English dictionary

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