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ORGYI´A

ORGYI´A (δ̓ργυιά), a Greek measure of length, derived from the human body, was the distance from extremity to extremity of the outstretched arms, whence the name from ὀρέγω. (Xen. Mem. 2.3, 19; Pollux, 2.158.) It was = 6 πόδες or 4 πήχεις, and 1/100 was of the stadium (Hdt. 2.149). It may be expressed nearly enough in English by the word fathom. (Compare MENSURA and the Tables.)

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 2.149
    • Xenophon, Memorabilia, 2.3
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