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An ancient Persian unit of distance, usually estimated at 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers).

[Latin parasanga, from Greek parasangēs, of Iranian origin.]


(Units) a Persian unit of distance equal to about 5.5 km or 3.4 miles
[C16: via Latin and Greek from a Persian word related to modern Persian farsang]
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They knew that Abraham and his people were in the village of Jirun(101) and between him and them there was only [a distance] of one parasang, that the calamity did not befall them, and that the entire world, except the people of Lot, were safe from it.
813-833) astronomers to be twenty-two parasangs and two-ninths of a parasang (or "they found it to be 22 2/9 parasangs" in Ragep's translation, p.