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fellah

[fel-uh] /ˈfɛl ə/
noun, plural fellahs Arabic, fellahin, fellaheen
[fel-uh-heen] /ˌfɛl əˈhin/ (Show IPA)
1.
a native peasant or laborer in Egypt, Syria, etc.
Origin of fellah
1735-1745
1735-45; < Arabic fallāḥ peasant
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  • Meanwhile the fellaheen refilled their pockets or wherever they keep their money, and lived in fatted peace.

  • It has freed the plain to the fellaheen, though still it keeps my island in its clasp.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • They are poor girls, daughters of two of our neighbors who are fellaheen or farmers.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • Their religion forbidding usury, they take it out of the fellaheen in cotton.

    Cities of the Dawn J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Do not let any Egyptian soldiers come up here; take command of steamers direct, and turn out Egyptian fellaheen.

  • fellaheen and negro, they showed a vim and intelligence in track-making that Europeans could not surpass.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • There can be no doubt about one thing,—whatever may be said of fellaheen troopers, the Blacks will charge home.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • Dervish spears were thrown into and over the staunch and unyielding Soudanese and fellaheen soldiery.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • The crops are growing, the fellaheen are at work in the fields and everywhere the wild flowers bloom.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • About sixty per cent, of the inhabitants of modern Egypt belong to the agricultural class—the fellaheen.

British Dictionary definitions for fellaheen

fellah

/ˈfɛlə/
noun (pl) fellahs, fellahin, fellaheen (ˌfɛləˈhiːn)
1.
a peasant in Arab countries
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic, dialect variant of fallāh, from falaha to cultivate
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Word Origin and History for fellaheen

fellah

n.

"Egyptian peasant," 1743, from Arabic fallah "plowman," from falaha "to till the soil."

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