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a Russian unit of length equal to 28 inches (71 cm).
Historical Examples

The little man was really one arshin high, and his beard was seven arshins long.
Old Peter’s Russian Tales Arthur Ransome

It stands the Government in about a rouble the arshin, and sells for two roubles.
The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831 Various

In his head was a hole, and from the hole the black blood was pouring; the dust for an arshin around was wet with it.
A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi

While a machine is like an arshin (yardstick), it contains exactly so much as the work required.
Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky


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