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 (fĕl′ə, fə-lä′)
n. pl. fel·la·hin or fel·la·heen (fĕl′ə-hēn′, fə-lä-hēn′)
A peasant or agricultural laborer in an Arab country, such as Syria or Egypt.

[Arabic fallāḥ, from falaḥa, to cultivate, till; see plx̣ in Semitic roots.]


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


(ˈfɛl ə)

n., pl. fel•lahs, fel•la•hin, fel•la•heen (ˌfɛl əˈhin)
a peasant in Arabic-speaking countries.
[1735–45; < Arabic fallāḥ peasant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fellah - an agricultural laborer in Arab countriesfellah - an agricultural laborer in Arab countries
peasant - one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers


Fellache m, → Fellachin f
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Although the Palestinian Jews lived behind walls, fences and trenches, for a while they walked freely among the fellahin, shopped in their markets and sought their help, for only the fellahin knew how to speak the language of the land and decode the signs of the seasons.
driving across the world and into the places where we would finally learn ourselves among the Fellahin Indians of the world, the essential strain of the basic primitive, wailing humanity that stretches in a belt around the equatorial belly of the world from Malaya (the long fingernail of China) to India the great subcontinent to Arabia to Morocco to the selfsame deserts and jungles of Mexico and over the waves to Polynesia to mystic Siam of the Yellow Robe and on around, so that you hear the same mournful wail by the rotted walls of Cadiz, Spain, that you hear 12,000 miles around in the depths of Benares the Capital of the World.
of Israel, Israel) examines how the bedouin and fellahin tribes of Egypt reacted to this intrusion of the state, especially as concerns disputes over the management of the pastoral resources and land which the state aspired to control.
Each government since Anthony Eden's fiasco was stubbornly evasive of its indebtedness to us for ensuring the safety of the canal against the intentions and attentions of the Fellahin and Fedayeen, in an inhospitable, diseased region of military service - the forgotten army of teenaged National Servicemen mainly.
Some 90,000 Egyptian fellahin (peasant Farmers) and Sudanese Nubian nomads had to be relocated.
First, while it is sometimes suggested that the Egyptian fellahin were honored to fight for their country after centuries of passivity, Fahmy shows that in fact the fellahin resisted the draft by fleeing their villages, maiming themselves, and occasionally through open revolt.
On the other hand, the status of the fellahin rested on the belief that they descended from Egypt's pre-Islamic community and had converted to Islam, a history that placed them inescapably beneath both the ashraf and arabs.