habba shair [Arabic]

A widespread Arabic unit of length. Traditionally, the length of a grain of barley.


In the United Arab Republic, ? – 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of length, approximately 5.22 millimeters.

United Nations, 1966.


In Egypt, mid 20ᵗʰ century, a unit of length = ¹⁄₁₄₄ dhira mamari, about 5.21 millimeters. opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system

Saadeddine Bencheneb.
Bulletin des ètudes arabes, Sept-Dec 1952, page 104.


In Tunisia, late 19ᵗʰ century, a unit of length, about 2.73 millimeters.

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

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