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ar·chine also ar·shin  audio  (är-shn) KEY 

NOUN:
A unit of length formerly used in Russia and Turkey, equal to about 71 centimeters (28 inches).

ETYMOLOGY:
Russian arshin, from Tatar arshyn, an ell; akin to Turkish arin, from Middle Persian ren, cubit, from Old Persian aran-, ell; see el- in Indo-European roots


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