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 for Cubit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cubit \Cu"bit\ (k[=u]"b[i^]t), n. [L. cubitum, cubitus; elbow,
     ell, cubit, fr. (because the elbow serves for leaning upon)
     cubare to lie down, recline; cf. Gr. ky`biton elbow, ky`ptein
     to bend, stoop, kyfo`s bent, stooping, humpbacked. Cf.
     Incumbent, Covey.]
     1. (Anat.) The forearm; the ulna, a bone of the arm extending
        from elbow to wrist. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A measure of length, being the distance from the elbow to
        the extremity of the middle finger.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The cubit varies in length in different countries, the
           Roman cubit being 17.47 inches, the Greek 18.20, the
           Hebrew somewhat longer, and the English 18 inches.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cubit
      n 1: an ancient unit of length based on the length of the
           forearm

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Cubit
     Heb. 'ammah; i.e., "mother of the arm," the fore-arm, is a word
     derived from the Latin cubitus, the lower arm. It is difficult
     to determine the exact length of this measure, from the
     uncertainty whether it included the entire length from the elbow
     to the tip of the longest finger, or only from the elbow to the
     root of the hand at the wrist. The probability is that the
     longer was the original cubit. The common computation as to the
     length of the cubit makes it 20.24 inches for the ordinary
     cubit, and 21.888 inches for the sacred one. This is the same as
     the Egyptian measurements.
     
       A rod or staff the measure of a cubit is called in Judg. 3:16
     _gomed_, which literally means a "cut," something "cut off." The
     LXX. and Vulgate render it "span."
     

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