Etymology
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fellah (n.)
"Egyptian peasant," 1743, from Arabic fallah "plowman," from falaha "to plow, till (the soil)."
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fellahin (n.)
1743, plural of Arabic fallah (see fellah).
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fella (n.)

an attempt at a phonological spelling of a casual pronunciation of fellow (n.), attested by 1864 (as fellah). Feller, along the same lines, is recorded by 1825. Earlier, Pope rhymes fellow with prunella ("Essay on Man," epistle IV).

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