Arura

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Arura or aroura (Greek: ἄρουρα), is a Homeric Greek[1] word with original meaning "arable land", derived from the verb ἀρόω (aroō), "plough".[2] The word was also used generally for earth, land and father-land and in plural to describe corn-lands and fields.[3] The term arura was also used to describe a measure of land in ancient Egypt (similar in manner to the acre), a square of 100 Egyptian cubits each way.[4] This measures 2700m² or 2/3 of an acre.[5] The oldest attested form of the word is the Mycenaean Greek a-ro-u-ra, written in Linear B syllabic script, originally meant "plough".[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Iliad 11.68
  2. ^ ἀρόω, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  3. ^ ἄρουρα, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  4. ^ Herodotus, 2.168, on Perseus
  5. ^ "Household economics: Making ends meet" note 1.
  6. ^ Palaeolexicon, Word study tool of ancient languages

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of arura at Wiktionary