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sha·doofalso sha·duf (shä-do͞of′)
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.
[Egyptian colloquial Arabic šādūf, perhaps (via an unattested Coptic form) from Egyptian *šdw.f, something equipped with a waterskin or bucket of leather (since traditional shadoofs have buckets of leather) : šdw, waterskin + -f, , denominal suffix.]
(Mechanical Engineering) a mechanism for raising water, consisting of a pivoted pole with a bucket at one end and a counterweight at the other, esp as used in Egypt and the Near East
[C19: from Egyptian Arabic]
a device used in the Near East for raising water, esp. for irrigation, consisting of a long suspended rod with a bucket at one end and a weight at the other.
[1830–40; < Egyptian Arabic shadūf]