fel·lah (fĕlə, fə-lä)
n. pl. fel·la·hin or fel·la·heen (fĕl′ə-hēn, fə-lä-hēn)
A peasant or agricultural laborer in an Arab country, such as Syria or Egypt.
[Arabic fallāḥ, from falaḥa, to cultivate, till; see plx̣ in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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