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[fur-lawng, -long] /ˈfɜr lɔŋ, -lɒŋ/
a unit of distance, equal to 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile (0.2 km).
Abbreviation: fur.
Origin of furlong
before 900; Middle English; Old English furlang length of a furrow. See furrow, long1 Unabridged
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a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)
Word Origin
Old English furlang, from furhfurrow + langlong1
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Word Origin and History for furlong

Old English furlang measure of distance of roughly 220 yards, originally the length of a furrow in the common field of 10 acres, from furh "furrow" + lang "long." The "acre" of the common field being variously measured, the furlong was fixed 9c. on the classical stadium, one-eighth of a Roman mile.

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furlong in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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