Meaning of schoene in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʃiːnə/


historical, rare
  • A measure of distance used in Ancient Egypt and (later) the Ancient Greek and Roman world, the length being variously stated as from 30 to 60 stadia (3½ to 7 miles, equal to approx. 5.63 to 11.27 kilometres respectively).


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From classical Latin schoenus Persian and Egyptian measure of length (Pliny) from ancient Greek σχοῖνος rush, reed, rope, Egyptian measure of length, of unknown origin.