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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ancient unit of linear measure, originally equal to the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow, or about 17 to 22 inches (43 to 56 centimeters).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of linear measure, no longer in use, originally equal to the length of the forearm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The forearm; the ulna, a bone of the arm extending from elbow to wrist.
  • n. A measure of length, being the distance from the elbow to the extremity of the middle finger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy: The forearm or antebrachium; the arm from the elbow to the wrist.
  • n. The inner bone of the forearm; the ulna.
  • n. A linear unit derived from the length of the forearm.
  • n. In entomology, one of the veins, nerves, or ribs of an insect's wing; a cubital rib, succeeding the radius or sector. See phrases under cubitus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ancient unit of length based on the length of the forearm

Etymologies

Middle English cubite, from Latin cubitum, cubit, elbow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cubitum ("elbow, cubit"). (Wiktionary)

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