One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Egyptian peasant.
bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarianView synonyms
- ‘With its Nile-side corniche awash with fellahin peasants and regal women in dark burqua gowns, this is unmistakably the gateway to Nubia and Africa.’
- ‘But the Egyptian fellah is thinking about where he's going to get his next paycheck to feed his family.’
- ‘This land was worked by the fellahin, who wielded two to three crops each season, usually keeping one-fourth to one-half of the harvest for themselves.’
- ‘In his brown robe, faded under the sun to the color of his weathered face and callused hands, he looked more the fellahin than the wealthy landowner.’
From Arabic fallāḥ ‘tiller of the soil’, from falaḥa ‘till the soil’.
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