from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device consisting of a long suspended pole weighted at one end and having a bucket at the other end, used in the Near East and especially Egypt for raising water, as for the irrigation of land.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device used to gather water, consisting of a pivoted stick with a bucket on the end of it.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A machine, resembling a well sweep, used in Egypt for raising water from the Nile for irrigation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contrivance extensively employed in Egypt and the East generally for raising water.
Arabic šādūf.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Egyptian Arabic شادوف (shādūf). (Wiktionary)