foum el kelb [Arabic]

In Tunisia, ? – 19th century, a unit of length, used for fabric and sewn work, the distance between the tip of the thumb and the tip of the outstretched index finger, = 8 çboa, but varying locally, for example 10 centimeters in Le Sers and Djemmal, 15 cm in Redeyef, Bizerte and Kairouan. Literally, “dog’s mouth.” In Kairouan it is also called a kharbouk.

Marcel Legendre.
Survivance des Mesures Traditionnelles en Tunisie.
Publications de L’Institut des Hautes Études de Tunis.
Memoires du Centre D’Études de Science Humaines, volume 4.
Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1958.

Pages 12, 24, 63, 75, 79 and 81.

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D’autres mesures comme le “foum el kelb”, quoique usités surtout dans les intérieurs et chez certains artisans, disparaissent peu à peu.

Other measures, such as the foum el kelb, even though used mainly in the interior and among certain artisans, are gradually disappearing.

Legendre, cited above.

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