fur long


[fur-lawng, -long]
a unit of distance, equal to 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile (0.2 km). Abbreviation: fur.

before 900; Middle English; Old English furlang length of a furrow. See furrow, long1

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furlong (ˈfɜːˌlɒŋ)
a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)
[Old English furlang, from furhfurrow + langlong1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. furlang "measure of distance" (roughly 220 yards), originally the length of a furrow in the common field of 10 acres, from furh "furrow" + lang "long." But the "acre" of the common field being variously measured, the furlong was fixed 9c. on the stadium, one-eighth of a Roman mile.
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Bible Dictionary

Furlong definition

a stadium, a Greek measure of distance equal to 606 feet and 9 inches (Luke 24:13; John 6:19; 11:18; Rev. 14:20; 21:16).

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