noun, plural fellahs Arabic, fellahin, fellaheen [fel-uh-heen] .
a native peasant or laborer in Egypt, Syria, etc.

1735–45; < Arabic fallāḥ peasant

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fellah (ˈfɛlə)
n , pl fellahs, fellahin, fellaheen
a peasant in Arab countries
[C18: from Arabic, dialect variant of fallāh, from falaha to cultivate]

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"Egyptian peasant," 1743, from Arabic fallah "plowman."

1743, pl. of Arabic fellah husbandman, from falaha to till the soil.
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